A happy new year, and big thanks to Alistair Stark for his
convenership last year. Letís
do our best to make 2008 a year when the potential of the work we do is
recognised and valued.† A year when we strengthen links inside and outside
As ever, what weíre looking for is more connectivity. Joined up thinking. Places that ease and please, that donít frustrate our daily life and our hopes for a sustainable future. Itís a daunting task, but every small step will count.
People have been talking of the need to discriminate Ėto distinguish between planningís role as place for vision, and its regulatory elements. To separate the national from the local. Iím a firm believer in horses for courses.† But letís be careful not to divide up the way we think. Our national decisions have to be informed by an appreciation of the local realities on the ground. Our policy vision has to be connected to what weíre able to achieve day by day at the hand of development management. Itís through small steps in the decisions we make here and now that we can really begin to make a difference.
When I first
got the urge to be a town planner, Ian Nairn was hammering out warnings about
the way we were covering every part of
The Geddes Lecture is jointly presented with the Saltire Society. Their excellent exhibition of the last 70 years of the Saltire Housing Awards is still touring. In todayís rush for more housebuilding, letís remember that weíve been here before. Surely the big lesson of recent decades is that provision of new housing is not just about numbers.† Good design, quality of environment, and proper maintenance need to be fundamental to all developments. We canít afford to make the same mistakes again.
Roger Kelly convened the Royal Town Planning Instituteís Scottish Executive throughout 2008.
This message appeared in the March 2008 edition of the Scottish Planner