Scotland’s chief planner announces retirement

Written by: Ellie Kahn
Published on: 2 Jun 2021

John McNairney

The Scottish Government’s chief planner has announced that he will retire from the Scottish Government later this summer.

John McNairney has spent nine years as the chief planner and 22 years in total working for the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government said it would update on the arrangements for appointing McNairney’s successor “in due course”.

Craig McLaren, the director of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland, said on Twitter: “John has always been a real champion of the profession, especially as chief planner. Very much appreciate the inclusive approach he has taken in his work and the support he has provided to the Institute. Enjoy your retirement John and thanks for your dedication through the years.”

Victoria Hills, the chief executive of the RTPI also tweeted her thanks: “Thank you for being such a supportive advocate for #planning #planners & @RTPIPlanners @RTPIScotland we'll be sad to see you go!”