Scotland Policy Conferences - Priorities for planning and infrastructure in Scotland

Date: 7th September 2016

Location: Edinburgh

Guest of Honour: John McNairney, Chief Planner, The Scottish Government

Timed to follow the publication of an independent panel’s review into planning in Scotland, expected in Spring 2016, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for planning and infrastructure in Scotland.

Delegates will examine the conclusions of the report - which is expected to focus on the speed and efficiency of the planning process - as well as priorities for skills development and community engagement.

Sessions will also assess the progress being made with major infrastructure projects - including those relating to transport, housing and digital connectivity - as outlined in the Infrastructure Investment Plan 2011 - Updated Programme Pipeline (January 2015).

The conference will bring together policymakers from the Scottish Government and Parliament with key stakeholders in planning and infrastructure development, as well as local authorities, environmental and community groups, businesses involved in construction, property and sustainability, academics and other interested parties.

We are delighted that John McNairney, Chief Planner, The Scottish Government has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.

At this early stage, Sarah Baillie, Senior Associate, Planning & Environment, Anderson Strathern; Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS; Timothy Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantis Resources Corporation; Pam Ewen, Senior Manager, Planning, Fife Council; Alison Irvine, Head of Strategic Transport Planning, Transport Scotland; Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland and Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute and representatives from Virgin Media and Homes for Scotland have also agreed to speak.

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