Membership critics could gain first-hand experience

Critics of the RTPI membership process could learn a lot from mentoring licentiates.

Ged McHugh (Planning, 11 March, p16) criticises the "bureaucratic jungle" for applicants to join the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

I held a similar view before I mentored licentiates applying for membership. While the process could be improved, I have seen how it can encourage applicants to critically analyse their strengths, weaknesses and professional development.

I encourage Hughes to volunteer as a mentor to see the membership process in action and suggest positive changes.

Stephen Harness, lead planner, Defence Estates

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