RTPI Scotland



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

Scotland set for ‘more inclusive and collaborative’ planning system as MSPs back ‘radical’ reforms

Planning minister Kevin Stewart said communities will have more say in shaping the future development of their areas after MSPs agreed to a “radical shake-up” of planning laws.

Published 21 June 2019

Graham Marchbank: Local Design Panels need planners

It's important that developers behind housing applications understand that a design review is there not necessarily to cut numbers but to get to grips with place-making & quality, writes RTPI Scotland executive committee member Graham Marchbank.

Published 4 June 2019

Beyond the Planning Bill: How can we deliver more, well-designed homes in the right places?

Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.

Published 24 May 2019

Planning Bill amendments costs could rise to £1bn, minister warns

The significant increase in planning costs associated with the amendments made at the latest Parliamentary stage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill threaten the very aims of the new legislation, according to planning minister Kevin Stewart.

Published 21 March 2019

Construction sector to suffer from under-resourced planning, warns RTPI Scotland

Large scale infrastructure projects and construction-led economic growth in Scotland are at risk if under-resourcing of the planning system continues, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has told MSPs.

Published 21 February 2019

New planning bill duties could see Scottish system grind to a halt, planners warn

The latest draft of the Planning (Scotland) Bill will place up to 88 new duties and responsibilities on planners without the resources required to undertake them, according to figures published today from the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland).

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: How we are influencing the Scottish Planning Bill

Craig McLaren outlines how RTPI Scotland is influencing the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 December 2018

RTPI welcomes move to introduce statutory chief planning officers

A decision by the Scottish Parliament's local government and communities committee to introduce statutory chief planning officers in councils has been welcomed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Published 15 November 2018