The Planning Skills Programme shares the skills, knowledge and behaviours to maximise planning's proactive contribution to delivering the type of places in which people can thrive.
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 and webinars to support skills development and behavioural change
- the Planning Skills Calendar signposts a broad selection of future learning and development events from a range of providers across Scotland
- Information for Elected Members on the Scottish planning system and the work of the Key Agencies.
If you have any questions or would like to share learning opportunities or needs, contact Irene Beautyman or Trevor Moffat. To keep up to date with Planning Skills events and programme developments, join our mailing list.
Places, People and Planning: A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system
A review of Scotland’s planning system was launched in 2015. An independent panel reviewed the system and made a number of recommendations. There have been two rounds of consultation: Places, People and Planning – published in January – and an updated position statement in June.
Scottish Government's proposed legislative changes to the planning system were subsequently published in the Planning (Scotland) Bill at the end of 2017. The Bill now sits with the Scottish Parliament for debate and scrutiny and the Act is expected in autumn 2019.
The initial consultation highlighted that not all of the change required to reform planning could be legislated for. It requires behavioural changes from those involved in the planning process if it is to nurture places and guide future change so that it benefits everyone.
The Planning Skills Programme has an important contribution to make in developing and sharing the required skills, knowledge and behaviour. We are working closely with the Partners in Planning Forum which informed the RTPI research paper 'Developing Skills, Behaviours and Knowledge to Deliver Outcomes' on mainstreaming the changes that sit beside the legislation.
For those interested in the importance of place as a working approach to delivering national outcomes around improved wellbeing and inclusive growth.
The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. This group is for sharing good practice and discussion by Place Standard users across all sectors.
Heads of Planning Scotland Members Forum
Private forum for members of Heads of Planning Scotland to enable discussion and sharing of information.