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Alister Scott

About Alister Scott

School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University
2212, 2014

Prince Charles re-enters the planning debate

By |December 22nd, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Prince Charles has re-entered the planning debate with the following 10 principles for urban design and planning in an essay for Architectural Review.

Developments must respect the land.
Architecture is a language, with grammatical ground rules.
Scale is key. Buildings should relate to human proportions.
Harmony – the look of each building should be in tune with its neighbours.
Avoid […]

1302, 2012

Why built and natural environmental professionals and academics need to change

By |February 13th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

Try on several pairs of glasses:  As professionals in whatever field we tend to look at the world through our own brand of ‘professional’ glasses. We rarely put on other peoples glasses so as to see the world through their […]

2112, 2011

Three key challenges for improved planning

By |December 21st, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

The Select Committee report on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) released this week confirms that the NPPF is not fit for purpose. It also exonerated planners being labelled the ‘enemy of enterprise’ and challenged the simplistic and foolhardy […]

2809, 2011

Planning Professor comments on the recent debate on the Planning reforms

By |September 28th, 2011|In The News|Comments Off

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University said:

I must write to convey my increasing concern at the polarised debate between respective elements of the conservation and development lobby over the current planning reforms. The key message is being lost in that whilst the CLG produce their NPPF […]

1406, 2011

The National Environment Service: Paying the Price for Nature

By |June 14th, 2011|In The News|1 Comment

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University writes on the recent publication of the National Ecosystem Assessment

“Good planning is key to the delivery of a good quality natural environment. We have today a Natural Environment Service in crisis which needs protecting and investing in”.

There is much to […]

1603, 2011

Professor of Spatial Planning asks ‘Who is the real enemy of enterprise?’

By |March 16th, 2011|Opinion|1 Comment

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

There has been much recent criticism in the press about planners and town hall officials being the enemies of enterprise and investment. Newly appointed Chair in Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, Professor Alister Scott, sees these populist attacks […]

703, 2011

13 Steps towards National Planning Framework (NPF) for England

By |March 7th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Alister Scott, a reader in Spatial Planning at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

The planning system plays a vital role in delivering the kind of society and places we want and value. Any NPF must stress the pivotal role that planning and planners play in the delivery of high […]

302, 2011

Academic slams Government’s forestry commission plans

By |February 3rd, 2011|In The News|Comments Off

A leading academic from Birmingham City University has expressed his concern over the Government’s plans to sell off the Forestry Commission Woodlands.

Dr Alister Scott, a reader in Spatial Planning at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University, said: “At a time when we should be thinking of maximising sustainable economic development […]

712, 2010

The impending death of the planning profession

By |December 7th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Alister Scott, Reader in Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University

According to Ministers the new planning system is about Localism, Localism and Localism and occasionally they change the order of Localism.  There is much to commend about the ideas of localism and delegating authority to the lowest level for decision making. However they are now […]

410, 2010

The Big Society and localism: Squaring the circle

By |October 4th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Alister Scott, Reader in Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University

Localism is a good idea in theory. However, the key lies in its implementation as part of a managed and structured process of social change and not as a quick and easy fix to save public money using voluntary action.

The often cited culture change is […]