John Swinney has renewed the Scottish
Governmentís vows on planning reform. On 28 October lots of the key players
Ėincluding RTPI in
Planning Aid in
Iíve just chaired a couple of conferences sessions packed with ideas. MacKay Hannahís ten-speaker event on strategic development, growth and the economic challenge brought together Greg Lloyd, Vincent Goodstadt, Grahame Buchan, Ann Faulds, Tom Buchanan and Russell Imrie.† A few days later our own busy annual conference got to grips with the spatial dimensions of climate change, with fourteen speakers giving a range of government, national agency, consultancy, community and Institute perspectives. Check out the practical details:† John Ferguson of SEPA in particular raised our sights to the local planning and business opportunities of energy from waste.
A few days after that, John Swinney
led the BIDS conference at
A third year student project to accelerate regeneration in Dundeeís Hilltown was handed in on the same day as the BIDS conference, and I for one look forward to study all the ideas theyíve come up with.† Iím not one to think we wait for higher authority to decide, or for the world economy to resolve itself, before we can act. Of course itís encouraging to have warm Ministerial attention, sensible signs and portents in the NPF, some reforms and adjustments from above. Even a little moonshine.† But we need to look to our own local space. We have to find whatever is at our own hand to nurture the development of green shoots in our own places and thereby encourage the wider global family. Itís a thread that runs from Patrick Geddes and Thomas Adams to Mel Young and his Homeless World Cup.† By leaves we live. By living we learn.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -Roger Kelly
Roger Kellyís planning website is at www.place.makers.org.uk
Roger Kelly convened the Royal Town Planning Instituteís Scottish Executive throughout 2008.
This message appeared in the December edition of the Scottish Planner