SPEL 2016 Conference now open for bookings


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Thursday 29th September 2016, COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh


The 25th SPEL Conference takes place against the background of continuing change and proposed reforms to the planning system as it is pressed to deliver more quickly and with fewer resources. As we await a White Paper from the Scottish Government in response to the Independent Planning Review report, the key challenges facing the economy and communities remain unchanged. There is still much to consider and debate, both within the framework of existing legislation, policy and guidance and in the context of an anticipated programme of reform.

Widely regarded as the leading annual planning and environmental law event in Scotland, The SPEL Conference attracts key speakers and senior figures from a range of backgrounds and affords the opportunity to engage in informed discussion and debate.


Join us for the 2016 conference


This year's programme includes:

  • Delivering more housing - future directions
  • The shift to a low carbon economy - where we are
  • Infrastructure - a critical cornerstone
  • Review of significant case law
  • The Planning Review - delivering the gamechangers

Our confimed speakers this year include:

  • Tammy Adams, Head of Planning, Homes for Scotland
  • Denis Garrity, Advocate, Terra Firma Chambers
  • John Hamilton, CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd
  • Greg Lloyd, Emeritus Professor of Urban  Planning, Ulster University
  • Rebecca Lunn, Professor and Head of CGEEG, University of Strathclyde
  • Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland and Ireland, RTPI
  • John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government
  • Stephen O'Rourke, Advocate, Terra Firma Chambers
  • Steve Rogers, Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Sara Thiam, Director, Institution of Civil Enngineers

We're pleased that James Findlay QC will be chairing the conference.

The full conference programme is available here.


Delegate rate

Idox Information Service member: £140 (£168 incl.VAT)

Non-Idox Information Service member: £150 (£180 incl. VAT) 

Price includes refreshments and networking lunch



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