Code of professional conduct breach

The Royal Town Planning Institute's conduct and discipline panel has recently found a consultant member to be in breach of the code of professional conduct for failing to act with competency and failing to exercise due care and diligence.

The complainant alleged that the member had failed to take into account the relevant policies, issues and guidance in submitting an application to lift an agricultural occupancy condition. The panel found that the application that the member submitted lacked proper justification or substance. In particular, the panel noted that no evidence was supplied to support the assertion that there was no demand for dwellings for agricultural workers in the area and no explanation was provided regarding what would happen to the remainder of the land, as would be required by the local authority. The panel agreed that the member should be warned but not named in a published article.

If members have any queries concerning the RTPI's code of professional conduct they should contact Sandra Whitehead, the institute's complaints investigator, by email at

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