Communities for a Changing Population – Sept 27th 2018

Communities for a Changing Population
September 27th 2018 – Saracen House, Glasgow

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Scotland is committed to creating healthier and more sustainable communities and there is significant work to be done in order to meet both present and future needs. To achieve better outcomes while we have a changing and ageing population, it will fall on everyone working within the placemaking sector and beyond to address this challenge when improving existing or designing new homes and communities.

The built environment must become more responsive to changing need within communities if it is to address issues such as the urgent lack of housing options for younger and older people or the changing demographics, as well as the economic and social needs of communities and various social groups . In order to deliver innovative solutions to our current and future problems, we need to develop new approaches. Interest is growing in communities and across the third and public sectors for alternative approaches to housing delivery. Co-housing, self-build and modular construction constitute a large percentage of housing elsewhere in Europe and have the potential to create a positive impact on the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of communities here in Scotland.

This conference will explore how a greater focus on innovative, sustainable and community-led planning can support the development of new communities, the retrofitting of existing housing stock, changes in public policy, the creation of jobs and an evolution in our approach to placemaking. The findings of this event will coincide with Stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, and will feed into the debate as the Bill continues through Parliament for the remainder of this year.

The conference also represents a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement while presenting an opportunity for delegates to engage with buyers and suppliers.


PAS helps people to engage with the places they live in. PAS provides impartial planning advice, training, education programmes, facilitation, community visioning and awareness-raising to ensure everyone has a voice in creating positive communities.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via

Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager, The Improvement Service

9:30 Session 1 – The needs, challenges and opportunities for our communities

Understanding the needs of communities – Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

The role of design – Steve Malone, Principal Architect, Architecture and Design Scotland

Connected Communities – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes


11:10 Break

11:25 Session 2 – Planning, Design and Innovation

The role of planning and community engagement – Craig McLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

Developments for Co-Housing and integrated communities – Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS

Embracing Social Innovation for Future Built Environment Professionals – Prof Ashraf Salama, Head of Architecture, University of Strathclyde


13:05 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Funding and Practicalities

Sharing best practice internationally – Mirjana Milanovic, Senior advisor at dRO Amsterdam, Department of Planning, Amsterdam

The importance of funding for groups in transition – Sue Kearns, Deputy Director Consumers and Low Carbon, Scottish Government

Private funding and project management


15:30 Closing remarks from the Chair

15:40 Close

There are a limited number of delegate places remaining for this event, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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