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Alister Scott

About Alister Scott

School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University
2106, 2016

West Midlands floods – It never rains but it pours

By |June 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on West Midlands floods – It never rains but it pours

By Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning
There has been a lot of rain in the West Midlands over the last two weeks. Clearly, the wrong sort of rain; it falls too quickly and runs off our hard surfaces into our inadequate drainage systems. And so we have the groundhog day of people being […]

1412, 2015

Is the Paris climate change agreement a solution or cop out?

By |December 14th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Is the Paris climate change agreement a solution or cop out?

By Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning, Birmingham City University

After two weeks of tense negotiations, on Saturday evening we finally heard the outcome from the Paris talks on climate change.

The agreement was celebrated with many fine words and self-congratulatory standing ovations, claiming that this landmark agreement would be a huge leap for mankind and […]

1007, 2015

Chancellor is on course for more planning icebergs

By |July 10th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Chancellor is on course for more planning icebergs

By Professor Alister Scott at the School of the Built Environment at Birmingham City University

The Chancellor is messing around with the deck chairs on the titanic planning system as it lurches inexorably towards floating icebergs with severe engine trouble and only a skeleton public sector crew struggling to keep it afloat.

The Chancellor today has launched the second […]

2212, 2014

Prince Charles re-enters the planning debate

By |December 22nd, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Prince Charles re-enters the planning debate

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 on Why built and natural environmental professionals and academics need to change

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 on Three key challenges for improved planning

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 on Planning Professor comments on the recent debate on the Planning reforms

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 on 13 Steps towards National Planning Framework (NPF) for England

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 […]