TAYplan aims to better understand climate change – and the role of planning

Lorna Sim from the TAYplan Strategic Development Planning Authority highlights recent climate change adaptation workshops run with Adaptation Scotland.

In February and April 2013 Adaptation Scotland ran two half day training workshops in partnership with TAYplan to support planners in integrating adaptation at all points within the planning process.

TAYplan adaptation workshopThe aim of these workshops was to increase awareness of climate change adaptation considerations in policy development and implementation and to identify opportunities for improvements in current planning policy practice. The focus of the second workshop was on how planning policy could be improved to address adaptation at the strategic and local level, through the spatial strategy, proposals and individual policies. A report, which summarises the outputs from both workshops is available here.

For TAYplan, growth is a key strategic issue which is dealt with through the Plan, with an overall objective of creating better quality places. Collaborative partnership working is very important to TAYplan. Working with Adaptation Scotland through these workshops provided an opportunity to better understand what adaptation is and how the TAYplan landscape will look in 20 years’ time, how people will live their lives differently and the role of the planning system in this.

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About TAYplan SDPA

TAYplan was Designated by Scottish Ministers in June 2008 under the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. The role of the SDPA is to prepare and maintain a Strategic Development Plan for the area covered by four Councils. The Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) operates on behalf of Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, Angus and Fife Councils. The key role of the SDPA is to prepare and maintain an up to date Strategic Development Plan for the area. This process will involve engagement and consultation with a number of key stakeholder organisations and the wider community.

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