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The Studio Glasgow

67 Hope Street


G2 6AE

United Kingdom

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CPD-level training day

Why this topic matters

Participatory land use planning is an internationally-recognised approach to making descisions about the use and management of land, water and natural resources. It is intended to transform the way in which local communities and organisations are involved in these decisions, achieving more ‘sustainable’ outcomes for everyone.

Inclusion, collaboration and sustainability are increasingly important in the work of the planning, land management and natural resource management professions. For instance, the Land Use Strategy for Scotland sets out principles for sustainable land use that combine an appreciation of what the environment does for society with the need to put people at the centre of decisions.

A wide range of professionals need to know what participatory land use planning and sustainable land use means in practice for their work.

Date and venue

  • 6th September 2017 - 10am - 4.30pm. TheStudioGlasgow, 67 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE


Presentation and discussion of:

  • The context for participatory land use planning and sustainability (as applied via the ecosystem approach)
  • When might participatory land use planning be useful and why
  • Frameworks, tools and methods to put the approaches into practice
  • Case studies of participatory land use planning in rural and urban settings with group exercises tailored to participant interests

Who will the training benefit?

This training is designed to benefit professionals working in the following areas

  • Development planning and environmental planning
  • Urban design
  • Landscape management and design (e.g. national park authorities, AONB officers / planners, HLF Landscape Partnership managers / development officers)
  • River catchment management and flood risk management
  • Private estate management
  • Specific natural resource sectors (e.g. forestry, water resources)

Why participate?

  1. Land use issues in the UK often involve complex management issues, involving consideration of multiple public and private interests in land and water. These can only be fully understood and managed through dialogue and deliberation with the people and organisations who understand, depend on and care about those places.
  2. Economic drivers and regulatory / subsidy regimes often provide insufficient support, incentive or regulation to deliver an optimal mix of land uses that can meet wider societal needs or the needs of a given place. 'Bottom-up', participatory planning processes can help to identify shared values and objectives, leading to consensus on a desired land use strategy and better outcomes overall.
  3. Sustainability, including the principles of the ecosystem approach, underpin public policy across the UK, including the Land Use Strategy for Scotland and the principles for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Wales.
  4. Involving local communities and interested parties in positive dialogue about land and water can lead to better outcomes for everyone.

Key learning outcomes

  • An appreciation of the key drivers for using participatory land use planning approaches
  • An understanding of the main situations and contexts where participatory land use planning and the ecosystem approach together can add value
  • An overview of key tools and frameworks for use in participatory land use planning based on the ecosystem approach

Course materials

All participants will receive copies of the presentations and other course materials for their own personal use after the event.


Dr Bill Sheate

Technical Director of Collingwood Environmental Planning and Reader in Environmental Assessment at Imperial College London. Bill has worked, lectured and published widely on environmental assessment and policy for over 30 years. He has been an expert advisor to the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, various national governments, WWF, RSPB, CPRE, the National Trust and many others.

Dr Peter Phillips

Associate RTPI, Senior Consultant at Collingwood Environmental Planning and guest lecturer in environmental planning and research methods at the University of Strathclyde. Peter has been involved in research, practice and policy-development for all aspects of sustainable land use for many years. He has developed new methodological frameworks for ecosystems approach based urban land use planning, designed and delivered tools and techniques for participatory land use planning, evaluated UK and Scottish Government land use policies and assessed EU datasets and tools for use in strategic ecosystem assessment.

Continuing Professional Development

The course, involving five hours of tuition time may be used towards CPD credits. Certificates of attendance will be available on request.

Prices and booking

This event will take place on 6th September 2017 in Glasgow.

Early bird bookings:

  • Special rate ticket (public sector and third sector organisations) - £195
  • Regular ticket (open to all organisations) - £265

Regular bookings:

  • Special rate ticket (public sector and third sector organisations) - £215
  • Regular ticket (open to all organisations) - £285

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Booking terms and conditions

Refunds will be given for bookings cancelled up to 20 working days before either event, less an administration fee of £50. After this date, no refunds will be given.

Names of delegates within any one organisation can be changed free of charge up to five working days before the course date.

In the event of one or other trainer not being available, an appropriate subsitute will be provided.

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The Studio Glasgow

67 Hope Street


G2 6AE

United Kingdom

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