March 10, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm

The Town Centre Action Plan Expert Review Group recently published its report: ‘A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres’. Following extensive consultation, the report offers a vision for how Scotland's town centres can play a central role in ensuring fairer, greener and healthier communities. Yet as we learn the lessons from the Covid-19 crisis and plan the recovery, how can this enhanced policy direction for towns be put into practice for the benefit of all?

To examine this issue, the CPG invites expert speakers from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Scottish Land Commission, and South Ayrshire Council to discuss key challenges and practical tips to ensuring our town centres can be vibrant and sustainable places for all those who live, work and visit them. There will also be time for Q&A and discussion.

Please see agenda and RSVP below, and we hope to see you on the 10th


13:00    Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

13:05    Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 9th  December, 2020

13:10    Matters Arising from the Minutes

Town Centre Action Plan 2: A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres

13:15    Overview: Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership shares an overview of
the key aspects of the Town Centre Action Plan Expert Review Group’s report

13:30    Embedding Towns more Firmly into Policy: Craig McLaren, Director, Scotland and Ireland,
Royal Town Planning Institute

13:40    Dealing with the Systemic Imbalance: Shona Glenn, Head of Policy, Scottish Land

13:50    Showing How it Can Be Done: Donald Gillies, Director of Place, South Ayrshire Council

14:00    Discussion

14:20    Any Other Competent Business

14:30    Close of Meeting

March 10, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Online (Zoom)
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