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Irene Beautyman
Planning for Place Programme Manager

Tel. 07908 930763

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Trevor Moffat

Project Officer

Tel. 07834 516824

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Planning Skills logoThe Planning Skills Programme supports the learning and development needs of the planning authorities. We work with local authorities, Heads of Planning Scotland, Scottish Government, key agencies, the RTPI and other stakeholders to deliver and co-ordinate the following:


  • the Planning Skills Series delivers collaborative and cost effective events to support skills development;
  • the Planning Skills Calendar signposts a broad selection of future learning and development events from a range of providers across Scotland; and
  • information for elected members covering the fundamentals of the planning system and the work of the Key Agencies."


If you have any questions or would like to discuss learning opportunities, contact Irene Beautyman or Trevor Moffat.


Places, People and Planning: A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

The Improvement Service (IS) welcomed the recent opportunity to input into this review of the planning system. The consultation highlights the key role of planning to nurture our places, our environment and our communities, and guide future change so that it benefits everyone. We are keen to see the review advanced promptly to promote planning’s role in this delivery of great places.


The IS did not respond to every proposal made in the consultation but focused on those where it had the expertise to provide input. As such  our response focused on the three key areas of:



Download the full IS response to Places, People and Planning: a Consultation on the Future of the Scottish Planning System


Having completed the analyses of the consultation responses, Scottish Government has published a position statement. You can read Burness Paull's summary here.

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