October 27, 2016 at 1:00pm - 4pm

Two years on from the publication of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 2014 and the introduction of the town centre first principle into development plan policy, this event focuses on initiatives and interventions where the planning system has strived to make a difference and to support the viability of town centres. Although the event concentrates mainly on planning interventions, its scope includes a wider range of initiatives and interests designed to reinvigorate Scotland’s town centres.

Where: RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

When: Thursday 27 October 2016. Registration and light lunch 1.00 – 1.30. Finish 4.00

Cost: £40


February 2016 saw publication of the ‘Town Centre Action Plan – Two Years On’, providing a snapshot report on progress against the themes in the Town Centre Action Plan. The Action Plan of 2013 introduced the Town Centre First Principle and a call for the health of town centres to be put at the heart of the decision making prorocess.

This event will be of value to planners, town centre practitioners and all with an interest in encouraging growth and promoting vitality in our town centres.


1.00 Registration and light lunch

1.30 Welcome and Introduction from Chair – Nick Wright, Nick Wright Planning and RTPI Representative on External Advisory Group – National Review of Town Centres, 2013

1.35 Applying the Town Centre First Principle – Karl Doroszenko, Development Planning & Regeneration Manager, East Ayrshire Council

1.55 Town Centre Living – Bringing Empty Homes Back into Use – Gavin Leask, Empty Homes Local Project Manager, Shelter Scotland

2.15 Discussion

2.35 Tea/Coffee

2.55 Targeted Initiatives:

A discussion of Simplified Planning Zones, Reducing Planning Obligations, BIDs and Clustering of Payday Lending and Betting Shops – Sharon Marklow, Strategy & Place Manager, Renfrewshire Council, Alan Williamson, Team Leader, West Dunbartonshire Council & David Grove, Lead Officer, Town Centre Development, Fife Council
3.35 Discussion

3.55 Final comments

4.00 Close

Enquiries/to book: Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: [email protected]

Organised by jh planning and supported by RTPI Scotland and the Improvement Service

October 27, 2016 at 1:00pm - 4pm
RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
Joyce Hartley · · 07896 058343
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