Scotland Policy Conferences

Implementing planning reform - funding, coordination and further steps for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss the implementation of reforms to Scotland’s planning framework and its potential impact on the delivery of infrastructure projects.

It is scheduled to follow the expected passage of the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill.

Delegates will consider policy priorities needed to achieve The Scottish Government’s vision of an ‘infrastructure first’ planning system, with particular reference to proposals contained in the Planning Bill for a strengthened National Planning Framework and the replacement of Strategic Development Plans with a new form regional partnership working.

Planned sessions will also examine the implications of policies aimed at aligning community and spatial planning. They will also discuss the extent to which the proposed reform of Local Development Plans and introduction of Local Place Plans are likely to have a genuine impact on the involvement of citizens in decisions about their local communities and how these policies might interact with the recommended expansion of Simplified Development Zones.

The agenda looks at the future of funding for the planning system as it affects infrastructure projects, with a focus on provisions in the Planning Bill related to the potential introduction of a new localised infrastructure levy, including uncertainty around the rate it will be set and which organisations are likely to be liable.

Guest of Honour

John McNairney

Chief Planner, The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

John McNairney

Chief Planner, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from Jacobs UK


Monica Lennon MSP

Deputy Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee

Bob Doris MSP

Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee


Graeme Purves

Chair, Built Environment Forum Scotland

Stuart Tait

Manager, Clydeplan

Theresa Hunt

Senior Associate, Burness Paull

Grant Douglas

Environmental Planning Manager, SP Energy Networks

Peter Hayne

Town Planning Manager, Arqiva

Tony Rose

Infrastructure Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Tammy Swift-Adams

Director, Planning, Homes for Scotland

Clare Symonds

Founder and Chair, Planning Democracy

Stefano Smith

Director, Planning, Peter Brett Associates and Convenor, Scottish Executive Committee, RTPI

Caitriona McAuley

Head, Economic Growth, North Ayrshire Council

Robert Gray

Head of Planning and Building Standards, Aberdeenshire Council and Chair, Executive Committee, Heads of Planning Scotland