Scotland Policy Conferences

The future for planning in Scotland: the Planning Bill, delivering reform, and next steps in the National Planning Framework

Morning, Wednesday, 9th October 2019

Central Edinburgh


The timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the future for the planning system in Scotland.

The conference follows the introduction of the Planning Bill into Parliament, with the aim of strengthening the planning system so that it contributes more to economic growth and community empowerment - after the Government’s Places, people and planning consultation and the independent review of Scotland’s planning system.

Those attending will assess the next steps in implementing planning reform, for example the potential establishment of an infrastructure levy, and look at how best to tackle the challenges to delivering this reform.

The seminar takes place in the context of amendments to the Bill, and the subsequent publication of a Revised Financial Memorandum.

Delegates will look at issues such as resources in the system, the development of local place plans and the future role of community engagement in the planning process. They will examine the implications of proposed changes for infrastructure development, as well as the economic impact of reform.

Further sessions will examine the future direction of the National Planning Framework, working towards ‘NPF4’, and shaping future national strategic planning policy in Scotland - including issues such as effective engagement with the sector and supporting the development of key infrastructure policy.

The conference will also look at how best to support Scotland’s infrastructure whilst meeting the needs of communities. Discussion will include findings from the rural planning research project, following its expected completion this summer - and implementing its findings through, or informing, the NPF4 and Scottish Planning Policy.

Keynote Speaker

John McNairney

Chief Planner, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

John McNairney

Chief Planner, The Scottish Government

Petra Biberbach

Chief Executive, PAS


Linda Fabiani MSP

Convener, Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment


David Leslie

Vice Chair, Heads of Planning Scotland

Professor Brian Evans

City Urbanist, Glasgow City Council

Clare Symonds

Chair, Planning Democracy

Craig McLaren

Director of Scotland and Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute

Alex Rowley MSP

Deputy Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee

Tammy Swift-Adams

Director, Planning, Homes for Scotland

Sarah Baillie

Partner, Planning, Addleshaw Goddard

Debbie Mackay

Director, Planning, Savills

Councillor Greg Hepburn

Member, Glasgow City Council and Board Member, Clyde Gateway