RTPI Scotland



RTPI: More support required to help Scottish communities plan their places

The body representing town planners in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to provide more support for communities and planning authorities to allow local people to shape how their places develop. 

Published 28 June 2021

RTPI: Scotland's planning departments in ‘precarious’ position

A steep decline in resourcing for Scottish planning authorities over the last decade has left the profession in a precarious position, new research by Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has concluded.

Published 4 June 2021

Concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods should be embedded in government policy, says RTPI Scotland

The Scottish Government should carry out a review of planning policy and practice to ensure that the concept of 20 minute neighbourhoods becomes a golden thread running through the planning system, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

Published 25 March 2021

RTPI to work with Scottish Government on digital transformation programme

The Scottish Government has announced that the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland) will be an early delivery partner for its Digital Planning transformation programme.

Published 25 March 2021

Built environment bodies call for increased co-ordination to unlock vision for building communities

Scotland's built environment professional bodies have issued a joint statement calling on new ways of working that embed resilience into how our places function and develop over time.

Published 9 March 2021

Communities must be empowered to reimagine their neighbourhoods post-Covid, says RTPI Scotland

RTPI Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to provide support for communities to help them shape where they live in the wake of COVID-19.

Published 27 January 2021

RTPI Scotland gives cautious welcome to short-term let proposals

The success of Scottish Government proposals to regulate short-term lets such as AirBnB is dependent on new funding to support implementation by planning departments, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Published 26 January 2021

RTPI Scotland welcomes government's NPF4 position statement

The Scottish Government has issued a position statement which outlines its current thinking on the issues that will need to be addressed when preparing Scotland's fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).

Published 30 November 2020

RTPI: Scottish Government must plan for a ‘different’ Scotland post COVID-19

The development of Scotland’s new National Planning Framework (NPF) provides a unique opportunity to plan, prepare and provide a route map for a different Scotland in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland.

Published 15 May 2020

RTPI Scotland calls for more investment in planning following Budget

RTPI Scotland has welcomed commitments in the Scottish Budget to tackle the climate crisis but has called for more investment in the planning system to enable key targets to be met.

Published 10 February 2020

Urgent change in infrastructure approach required to deliver net zero carbon economy

The Scottish Government should put “place” at the heart of coherent, infrastructure prioritisation and planning to achieve an inclusive net zero carbon economy, according to a 30-year infrastructure blueprint published today.

Published 20 January 2020

RTPI Scotland calls for clear guidance for chief planning officers

Chief planning officers (CPOs) in Scottish local authorities should be empowered to engage early with other local government and public services to help build sustainable communities that will improve people’s health and wellbeing as well as save council funds, the director of RTPI Scotland has said.

Published 22 October 2019

RTPI Scotland welcomes renewed government focus on planning

A commitment by the Scottish Government to fully involve planners in its drive to deliver a zero carbon target by 2045 has been welcomed by RTPI Scotland.

Published 6 September 2019

RTPI Scotland: Planning Act duties could cost planning departments up to £59m

Planning departments across Scotland may need up to £59 million over the next ten years to undertake duties contained in the new Planning Act, according to RTPI Scotland.

Published 28 August 2019

Improving public health through planning ‘a no brainer’, says RTPI Scotland

Scotland’s public health body should have more explicit connections with the planning system so that place-making can play a more preventative role in creating healthier communities, according to RTPI Scotland.

Published 16 July 2019