People Powered Planning: Putting Communities on the Front Foot

When: Saturday 11th May 2019 10 – 4.30pm

Where: Trades Hall, Central Glasgow G1 1UH

See here for how to get there

Cost: Please pay what you are able. We need at least £20 per person to cover our costs (which include lunch), but please donate what you feel you can pay (more or less). All payments will go towards the conference.

Register for the conference here

When you submit the registration form it will automatically direct you to paypal.

You can also pay by cheque make it payable to Planning Democracy

send to 3 Charles Court, Limekilns, KY11 3LG.

Any problems with registration or payment ring 0781 387 4805 or email

Why should you come?

  • If you have been or are about to be affected by planning decisions,
  • If you have concerns about the way the Scottish planning system works,
  • If you want to find out more about planning and how it works
  • If you want to become part of a growing movement of people wanting to support each other and campaign for change
  • If you are a professional interested in seeing an alternative viewpoint to that normally presented at planning conferences, you will be interested in this conference.

What is happening?

Here is the full line up (some to be confirmed)

Morning Speakers

Community Voices

  • Val Crookston – Kilmacolm Residents Association
  • Bill Fraser and Niall Murphy- Pollokshields Community Trust
  • Nick Kempe – Parkswatch

Planning Democracy’s bit

  • Dr Andy Inch Where we are and where we should be
  • Daya Feldwick Our Peer Support Network

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

Afternoon sessions include a fun networking speed dating session plus workshops.

Here is a list of some expected workshops for the conference, you will be able to sign up for them on the morning of the conference. Still a few to confirm so watch this space for more details.


  1. Community Empowerment Act and asset transfer for communities: Community Ownership Support Service
  2. Development Plans and Appeals Process: Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals
  3. An Introduction to Judicial Review and Environmental Impact Assessments: Dr Ben Christman and Ian Cowan
  4. Planning at sea: rising to the challenges of marine planning in Scotland: Open Seas and Fairlie Coastal Trust
  5. Wildlife and planning: RSPB and Woodland Trust
  6. Is Planning for Profit or People? Have Planners been able to resist neoliberalism pr have they been a tool of the markets? Matthew Crighton

The conference will close at 16.30

Why is Planning Democracy putting on this event?

We know there are many people in Scotland who feel baffled, alienated and disenfranchised by the planning system. Others have gained some understanding, learnt to navigate and decode the systems and others have taken ownership and grabbed what opportunities there are to shape their local environments and fulfill community aspirations.

We hope that this conference will link people up, provide some information about where to go for help and give some handy tips on how to successfully engage in planning. We are not promising to answer everyone’s questions and solve everyone’s planning problems, but we hope we can help a little.

Importantly we also hope the conference will help to create a sense of a movement of people who are willing to campaign for change to make the planning system more responsive to people who want the best for their local areas.

What can I expect?

An informative day full of opportunities to network with other people who have similar experiences of planning and to learn something that might help you.

Feedback from our last event in 2015

“I just wanted to thank you for an excellent, thought provoking, conference on Saturday. Excellent presentations and workshops and an amazing turnout”.

“So glad I didn’t have a lie-in, and I was sorely tempted. Yes an excellent information and knowledge sharing event”

“The conference yesterday was very inspiring and well organised. It was good to meet some of the people involved. I will keep in touch with Planning Democracy and help where I can”

“I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great event”

“Excellent conference – congratulations”.


Register here

Once you submit the registeration form it will automatically send you to a paypal page. You also have the option to pay by cheque, make it payable to Planning Democracy and post it to 3 Charles Court, Limekilns, KY11 3LG

If you can’t see the form on your device, contact us on or ring 0781 387 4805