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community charrettes: how we can maximise their impact

I’ve had the privilege of being involved in almost twenty charrettes in Scotland. And it really is a privilege, because on every occasion I gain a fascinating insight into local life and aspirations, and learn new things about community development, placemaking and making change happen on the ground. Being a planner, I’ve long seen charrettes as […]

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exam time for Councillors!

Councillor training on planning is back on the agenda, more than ever before. The draft Planning Bill published this week proposes: compulsory planning training for Councillors an examination for any Councillors involved in planning decisions At face value, those proposals are a pretty strong indictment. Improvement is needed. But are Councillors really that bad at […]

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barriers to community engagement in planning – an issue of trust

When I first heard of the Scottish Government’s proposed research into barriers to engagement in planning – linked to the ongoing review of the planning system – I expected the barriers would relate to access to information, too much jargon, and outmoded communications channels like statutory notices. How wrong I was! As part of the […]

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planners as honest brokers

How would you describe the job of a planner? Regulator?  Facilitator?  Broker? Manager?  Mediator?  Designer? Personally, I’m more of a broker.  At the moment I’m brokering between people with different visions for Moffat: residents, public agencies, businesses and landowners.  And elsewhere I’m brokering between different interests, too: between walking, cycling and vehicles in a redesign […]

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maximising planning’s potential

The Scottish Government’s planners are busy working on a new White Paper on planning reform, for publication by the end of the year. I think they should be congratulated for their innovative decision to draft the White Paper through co-production – a process which kicked off in mid September with a two-day workshop for planners, […]

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why we need to better integrate land-use and community planning in Scotland

This article first appeared in RTPI Scotland‘s journal The Scottish Planner (June 2016 edition). Better integration of spatial planning and Community Planning has been a hot topic in national and local government for the last year couple of years. There’s been lots of high-level talk about improving integration, including in the Planning Review report published in May. […]

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The politics of the planning profession

This blog post first appeared in The Scottish Planner (April 2016 edition). Why is RTPI Scotland spending so much effort on the Scottish Government’s Review of the Scottish Planning System and trying to influence Planning in the Next Parliament? At one level, the answer is obvious: to influence politicians, government, other professions and the media. And […]

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