SALTIRE SOCIETY

Planning & Environment Committee

SALTIRE DIALOGUES

Second Thursday of the month at the Society, 10am

The committee (currently Roger Kelly, Paul Morsley, Stuart Nichol, George Pease, Will Reid) traditionally meet monthly on the second Thursday at 10am in the Society’s headquarters at Fountain Close, opposite John Knox House in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.  From December 2007 we begin semi-regular Saltire dialogues at this time and place to explore some pressing practical problems and solutions in Scotland’s planning and environment.  A few interested people will join us and talk informally around the table, with a deliberate focus on what they see as the key practical issues. We hope to make these dialogues available to a wider audience through the internet.  Space is tight and time is short but we hope the dialogues will be a useful way to help move things forward. Refreshed by tea, coffee and biscuits, we aim to finish by 11.30am.

11 March 2010 : Meet the Patrick Geddes Award entrants

To coincide with the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning at The Hub on the same day, The Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust will welcome entrants to the Trusts annual student awards at the Saltire in Fountain Court. The Awards for the winning entries will be made after noon at the SAQP ceremony at The Hub.

 

13 December 2007 : Getting people involved in planning

Petra Biberbach the Director of Planning Aid Scotland, Clare Symonds of Friends of the Earth and  Alec Orr of Indigo Public Relations  joined the Saltire P&E committee around the table.   George Pease is a former county planner of Ross & Cromarty and retired Planning Inquiry Reporter,  Stuart Nichol is Fife Council’s Director of Environment and Development Services,  Paul Morsley is a landscape architect, urban designer, and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, and Roger Kelly is visiting teaching fellow in town & regional planning at Dundee, formerly at the Scottish Executive and responsible for the 2002 consultation Getting Involved in Planning.

 

10 January 2008 : Making good development happen

Will Reid of EDI  joined Paul Morsley and Roger Kelly of the Saltire P&E committee around the table.  Will has long experience of planning and development in Scotland, and is a former land and planning officer of the Scottish Housebuilders’ Association.  Paul Morsley is a landscape architect, urban designer, and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, and Roger Kelly is convener of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Scottish Executive.

 

extra Thursday:17 January 2008 : Firm Foundations -the future of housing in Scotland

Karen Anderson of the Saltire Society’s Housing Award panel joined Paul Morsley and Roger Kelly of the Saltire P&E committee around the table. Karen is an architect and designer with A+DS,  Paul is a landscape architect, urban designer, and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, and Roger is convener of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Scottish Executive.

 

14 February 2008 : Adapting our built heritage

Roger Curtis from Historic Scotland discussed how we might best use and modify our existing built heritage for thermal performance and adaptability to climate change. What steps do we need to get much better performance of our building stock? Do we need rigorous regulation, enforcement and penalty regime to achieve results, or another approach entirely? Should all buildings, new or existing, contain some devices that generate energy for their own use from renewable sources? He joined Cunison Rankin, Lorimer Mackie, and members of the Saltire P&E committee to talk around the table.

 

There was no dialogue on 13 March 2008; the RTPI Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning were presented on that day. 

On 10 April 2008, Roger Kelly and Will Reid met to discuss a followup event to the meeting of 10 January

 

8 May 2008: Exploring environmental awareness

Alastair Guild joined George Pease, Paul Morsely, Stuart Nicoll and Roger Kelly around the table to talk about ways to engage children’s involvement and enthusiasm and ownership of places, drawing on his earlier work with the Cockburn Association and developing thoughts on how we might combine practical efforts with others in this field across Scotland.

 

 Future dialogues will deal with sustainable transport and business development, people and wildlife, local energy generation and distribution, waste, making our towns fit for health, local empowerment  

 

The 2008 Patrick Geddes Lecture (jointly promoted by the Saltire Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland) will be given on the early evening of Wednesday 4 June at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street by Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Harry Burns.

Previous Geddes Lectures: Jonathon Porritt, Raymond Young, Greg Lloyd, Richard Wakeford

 

SALTIRE SOCIETY WEBSITE

Roger Kelly’s website at PLACE.MAKERS.org.uk