Breakfast seminar on Scottish planning review



Petra Biberbach
Petra Biberbach

A free breakfast seminar outlining the key findings and implications of the recently published review of the planning system will be held on Tuesday 21st June hosted by PR and public affairs agency, Orbit Communications.

The recently published report, ‘Empowering Planning to deliver great places’, is the result of the Scottish Government’s plans to review nearly every aspect of the planning system with a view to significant reform.

The overarching goal of the review, undertaken by an independent panel, was “to achieve a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process in order to build investor and community confidence in the system.”

This was focused on six key themes – development planning; housing delivery; planning for infrastructure; development management; leadership, resourcing and skills; and community engagement. The Scottish Government is now considering the recommendations put forward by the review panel and will publish its response in due course.

This event aims to look at the key outcomes of the review, whether it has met expectations set and how these recommendations might be progressed to the benefit of the Planning System as a whole.

Speakers will include:

  • Petra Biberbach, chief executive of PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland), and member of the independent planning review who will outline the key findings of the Review.
  • Craig McLaren, director of Scotland and Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute who will outline the view from the planning sector
  • David Melhuish, director, The Scottish Property Federation who represents the view from the property sector.

Tickets for the event will be on a first-come-first-served basis and will be held at RICS offices, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh. The seminar will be an 8am for 8.30m start and will finish at 10am. This includes a buffet breakfast and free gift.

Those interested can book to attend that event here.



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