13 July 2023, 13:30-15:00 -

Local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods

Join this free webinar to shape the future of Scotland. In collaboration with the Transport Planning Society (TPS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), CIHT will discuss the Scottish government consultation on 20-minute neighbourhoods.

During the webinar, we will hear presentations from stakeholders engaged in this initiative and will open the floor to discussions about local living. Join the webinar to interact with different professionals and contribute to the CIHT consultation response.


The Scottish government published the ‘Local living and 20-minute neighbourhoods’ consultation. The idea is to create resilient and sustainable places where most people can meet their daily needs within 20 min of their homes by walking, cycling, or wheeling. This initiative is not only supposed to increase the quality of life but also balance the overall environmental impact.

In collaboration with TPS and RTPI, CIHT aims to critically assess this new initiative and identify the potential opportunities and drawbacks by gathering views and expert knowledge of the attendees. 


Why attend this event?

  • Listen to fascinating presentations and real case studies
  • Chance to find out about the new Scottish initiative
  • Engage with different stakeholders and hear their views
  • Take the opportunity to shape the policy and provide your input into the CIHT response


Format – Webinar and Workshop

The first half of this event will be a webinar with presentations from CIHT/TPS/RTPI speakers. The second half of this event will be a workshop where delegates can participate in the survey and discuss the questions around the opportunities and challenges of the ’20-minute neighbourhoods’.


Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is open to CIHT Members, CIHT Partner Employees and non-members.



Neil Johnstone (CIHT President)

Neil Johnstone has over 40 years of experience having worked in contracting, local government, and consultancy. For 25 years Neil worked throughout UK for Halcrow/CH2M, becoming managing director of its activities in continental Europe where he oversaw work in a range of sectors including transport, energy, and water.

Neil has represented CIHT on Scotland’s National Transport Strategy (NTS2) Partnership Review Group and has co-chaired the Thematic Working Group on Safety and Resilience. In his consultancy role he is currently seconded to Transport Scotland where he has led the procurement of commissions such as the Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR2) and the national modelling and appraisal framework (LATIS).

His career has embraced various dimensions of transportation from design work on the Edinburgh City Bypass, road maintenance, traffic management and planning, to expert witness at the Edinburgh Congestion Charge Inquiry. He has experience in development planning, feasibility studies and appraisal of all modes including rail, road, busways, harbours, and ferries. He was closely involved with seminal studies on rural roads in Scotland such as Fitting Roads, and prepared traffic forecasts for Skye Bridge.






Kirsty Macari studied Planning and Urban Design before undertaking 14 years of diverse roles across local government and private practice. She is currently Convenor of RTPI Scotland for 2023.
She joined the University of Dundee in 2017 and is a Co-Head of Undergraduate Programmes in DJCAD covering Architecture and Urban Planning as well as Contemporary Art Practice. She is also Programme Director for Urban Planning.

Kirsty is interested in the function and relationship of planning and place and explores this through her current Professional Doctorate in Education focusing on experiential transdisciplinary education to support the wellbeing of people and place.

Kirsty is a Board Member of Architecture & Design Scotland and General Assembly member of the RTPI.

Kirsty Macari - Board Member of Architecture & Design Scotland and General Assembly member of the RTPI.

Kirsty Macari - Board Member of Architecture & Design Scotland and General Assembly member of the RTPI.


Additional Information 

Before the event, please look through the text of the consultation.

Listen to the CIHT podcast with Carlos Moreno – the founder of the ’15-min’ city concept.


Help and Support

For CIHT Members, if you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the CIHT Technical Team on +44 (0)20 7336 1555 or technical@ciht.org.uk

For CIHT Partner employees, if you have any questions regarding the content or registration for this event, please contact partners@ciht.org.uk

If you have any difficulties with joining the event virtually on the day, please contact the CIHT Conferences & Events Team on +44 (0)20 7336 1555 or conferences@ciht.org.uk

13 July 2023, 13:30-15:00 -

Local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods


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