Scotland Policy Conferences

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

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss the implementation of reforms to Scotland’s planning framework and their potential impact on the delivery of infrastructure projects.

With the Planning Bill expected to be at a key stage of debate in the Scottish Parliament - and of its scrutiny by the Local Government and Communities Committee - the conference is bringing together key stakeholders with policymakers to consider the implications of its proposals.

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine what further action might be taken to create the infrastructure first planning system put forward by The Scottish Government - with discussion focusing on proposals to strengthen the National Planning Framework and replace Strategic Development Plans with a wider form of regional partnership working.

Attendees will also examine the challenges for better aligning community and spatial planning - looking at the extent to which the proposed reform of Local Development Plans and the introduction of Local Place Plans are likely to have a significant impact on the involvement of citizens in decisions - and how these policies might interact with the recommended expansion of Simplified Development Zones.

Further sessions will discuss the potential introduction of a new, localised infrastructure levy and how this may affect the planning system moving forward, amid uncertainty around the rate at which it will be set and which organisations will be liable.

Keynote Speaker

David Reid

Vice President, Growth & Sales, B&I Europe, Jacobs


Stefano Smith

Planning Director, WYG

Graeme Purves

Chair, Built Environment Forum Scotland

Stuart Tait

Manager, Clydeplan

Craig Whelton

Partner, Planning, 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

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