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Conference organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network in partnership with the Green Infrastructure Fund managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Continuing trends towards urbanisation and the pressing realities of a climate emergency require us to urgently revaluate how we plan, design and build the ways we live in and move around our urban environments. A step change in the scale, pace and culture of delivery is needed.

For a future-proofed, long-term approach to planning and delivery, resilience, liveability, and sustainability must become the essential building blocks of our towns and cities. This is supported by concurrent changes to the Scottish Planning Bill, on-going public health reform work, the Vacant & Derelict Land Initiative, and changing population demographics.

The ability of effective planning at city and city-region scales to simultaneously deliver multiple economic, social and environmental benefits is evident. In practice this means using green infrastructure to deliver integrated, multi-functional spaces, with joined-up coordination between transport, land-use and open-space planning. Under this approach the essential aspects of resilience, liveability, and sustainability are maximised and mainstreamed.

This integrated approach will help deliver multiple strategic outcomes: for a climate emergency, health and well-being, community participation, biodiversity, and inclusive growth.

By bringing together key stakeholders and agencies across the planning, housing and built environment sectors, and showcasing practical examples via our presenters and panellists, this event will address the following themes:
  • What does future proofing mean, and what is the need for it?
  • What is the role of masterplanning in planning and designing future proofed places?
  • How do we practically deliver on this?
  • How do we work together to better protect, adapt, evaluate and maintain what we deliver?

Our practical case studies from across Scotland, the UK, and Europe will focus both on strategic, city-scale projects, as well as the more detailed delivery within the housing sector. For example, case studies will explore delivery mechanisms and partnership approaches, retrofitting, and masterplanning. There will also be representation from the private sector to demonstrate successful long-term business models and creating value in delivering housing.

We will also aim to work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to deliver event outputs that facilitate a continuation of this emerging and on-going conversation.

This event counts towards CPD provision for planners and is part of the Planning Skills Series.

Confirmed speakers and panelists

  • Irene Beautyman, Improvement Service
  • Tammy Swift-Adams, Homes for Scotland
  • Louise Clarke, Berkeley Group
  • Chris Brown, Igloo Regeneration
  • Euan Leitch, Built Environment Forum Scotland
  • Dr Gemma Jerome, Building with Nature
  • Derek McIlreavy, Stewart & Shields
  • Kit England, SNIFFER
  • Nick Bowen, Ian White Associates
  • Deryk Irvine, Central Scotland Green Network Trust
  • Catherine Payne, Fife Council
Who should participate?
Our programme is specific to planners, house builders/developers and those with a role in delivering the built environment. We welcome other related disciplines dealing with the urban environment to provide a collaborative and solutions-oriented experience. We expect to run this event for 250 delegates.
This event counts towards CPD provision for planners and is part of the Planning Skills Series.

Full details of the event are available here.


Start: 8 October 2019
End: 8 October 2019
Ecosystems Knowledge Network

University of Strathclyde,The Technology and Innovation Centre, George Street, Glasgow, UK

George Street 99
G1 1RD Scotland
United Kingdom