Alistair G Stark

Alistair G Stark DipTP MRTPI(Rtd) is a retired planner. He previously worked as a planning mediator and a planning consultant; and prior to that as a strategic planner in local authorities in the North-east of Scotland. He had a broadly-based background in strategic planning and rural community development, housing land supply, local plans, strategic development control and public inquiries, all in a multi-disciplinary environment and at corporate or national level.

He served on the General Assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a Past Convenor (2007) of the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee.


  • Planner, Dumbarton County Council, 1964 – 70
  • Senior Planner, Aberdeen County Council, 1971 – 75
  • Principal Planner, Grampian Regional Council, 1975 – 95
  • Head, development control, Grampian Regional Council, 1995 – 96
  • Structure Plan Team Leader, Aberdeenshire Council, 1996 – 2000
  • Planning Policy Consultant - sole practitioner, 2001 – 2003
  • Planning Mediator 2003 – 2012


  • Diploma in Town Planning, Glasgow School of Art (1969)
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (1971)
  • Service to RTPI:–
    • Grampian Chapter Committee 2001 – 2011 (Convener, 2002 – 2004)
    • Scottish Executive Committee 2002 – 2013 (Convener, 2007)
    • General Assembly, 2006 – 2013
    • Planning Policy and Practice Committee 2007 – 2012
    • Audit Committee 2009 – 2012
    • Education and Lifelong Learning Committee 2013
    • University of Aberdeen Partnership Board 2008 – 2012; subsequently Dialogue Member
    • Outstanding Service Award 2013

Other Interests

Church Alistair is an elder at Mannofield Church of Scotland, Aberdeen, and is convenor of its Eco-Congregation Committee.

Singing Since his teenage years, Alistair has sung with many choirs, including Aberdeen Choral Society and Northern Voices, a small chamber choir in Aberdeen. He has sung solo on many occasions, and for several years conducted The Acclammations, an ecumenical group focusing on modern religious songs. Currently, Alistair conducts Mango, a "gospel lite" choir of 30 singers.

Gliding Alistair has been flying gliders at Aboyne for over 30 years, with 800 hours under his belt. He is currently a part owner of a high-performance Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus.

Hillwalking When not doing any of the above, Alistair has tramped over most of the Cairngorms and various other parts of Scotland, not to mention bits of the Alps, the Mallorcan Tramontana and a wee wander to Machu Picchu in the Andes. He has about 50 Munros to his credit but has no interest in keeping an accurate tally.

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