Young Planner of the Year finalists announced

Three young planners are through to the final round in a Royal Town Planning Institute competition to find the profession's brightest up and coming stars.

James Carpenter, Simon Coop and Nikola Miller are competing for the title of Young Planner of the Year, to be announced at next month’s RTPI Planning Awards 2011 presentations.

The trio attracted the highest number of votes in a special ballot of institute members conducted last month. The final decision is made by a panel of judges representing the RTPI and Planning.

Carpenter is principal planning and customer liaison officer at North West Leicestershire District Council and chairs the RTPI East Midlands region. "I want to help demonstrate that a proactive approach and a commitment to continuing professional development is a robust pathway for those embarking on a planning career," he says.

Coop is an associate director at consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners’ Cardiff office. "I would continue to develop tools and techniques that equip planners to respond to emerging issues, highlight how the profession can promote positive change, and enhance links with universities," he promises.  

Miller, a planning consultant at Smiths Gore in Edinburgh who has also worked with Planning Aid for Scotland, says: "We should look to promote planning as a positive process for change and a mechanism to emerge from recession through viable developments and sustainable economic growth."

The winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to this April's American Planning Association national convention in Los Angeles and an invitation to the Planning Summer School in Liverpool.

The Young Planner of the Year 2011 will be announced at the awards lunch and presentations on 23 February at the London Lancaster hotel next to Hyde Park.

Tickets are still available for the awards lunch. To find out more click here. 

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