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A more collaborative planning system – what can a mediation approach offer?

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PAS and Scottish Mediation would like to invite you to their joint conference taking place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 in Edinburgh. The conference is kindly sponsored by the Planning and Architecture Division of The Scottish Government.

With the recent Independent Planning Review having referenced mediation in three of its recommendations, PAS and Scottish Mediation are looking to explore how this can be facilitated to improve engagement within planning. The conference will include a number of plenaries, collaborative exercises and case studies which will give participants the opportunity to consider the wider use of collaborative approaches in the planning system and to hear from professional planners and mediators.

Chaired by Sarah Boyack, we are delighted to confirm that the conference will include the following plenary sessions:

  • Petra Biberbach, PAS Chief Executive and member of the recent planning review panel will discuss the references to mediation in the recent review and reflect upon the links to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2016-30.
  • Charlie Woods, Director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and Associate of Core Solutions will consider the possibilities of mediation and the potential for its wider use in planning in Scotland.
  • Paul Cackette from The Scottish Government Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) will consider the potential of impact of the wider use of mediation upon planning appeals in Scotland and will discuss “is there a role for a Planning Reporter to be a mediator?”

There will also be a range of interactive sessions including:

  • A review of relevant case studies, facilitated by Nick Wright of Nick Wright Planning, which will offer an opportunity for discussion around mediation in planning and possible opportunities for increasing its’ use and value.
  • Sam Tedcastle and Abdul Rahim of the Centre for Good Relations will run a session looking at a planning example and consider how mediation can be helpful when working with large groups who have competing interests and opinions.
  • There will also be plenty of opportunity for discussion, including question and answer sessions and an interactive panel discussion towards the end of the day.

Who should attend?
This event will be relevant for planners, mediators, national and local government, policy makers, third sector organisations, community groups, students of planning, mediation or any other relevant subjects.

Costs

How to book
Please book your place via the Eventbrite page. Any other enquiries can be made to Kathryn at Scottish Mediation (0131 556 1221, kathryn@scottishmediation.org.uk) or Laura at PAS (0131 659 9781, laura@pas.org.uk)

The conference is kindly sponsored by the Planning and Architecture Division of The Scottish Government.

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