RTPI NEWS: Bulletin board


The RTPI council started the implementation of the new governance structure by forming new committees in 2003.

Five committees - membership and ethics, education and lifelong learning, research and knowledge, planning policy and practice and international - were appointed by the management board in January 2003. The terms of reference of each of the committees are available on the RTPI website at www.rtpi.org.uk/about-the-rtpi/governance/ref.pdf.

The membership of each committee is subject to annual review.

Any member of the RTPI, corporate or non-corporate, is eligible to apply for appointment to any of the five committees.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, members of ethnic minorities and young planners.

The committees will meet up to three times a year and the meetings will be held in London. Committee members' expenses are re-imbursed.

Any member who wishes to be considered for appointment should ask for an application form by (e-mail) eleanor.robinson@rtpi.org.uk or contacting Eleanor Robinson on (tel) 020 7929 9472. Letters should be addressed to the company secretary.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 5 December 2003.

- Members should note that these arrangements do not apply to appointments to the existing Scottish executive committee or the audit committee.


The Royal Town Planning Institute is particularly keen this year to collect full information on members' places of work and e-mail addresses so that it has a better profile of the membership.

All fee-paying members should have received their 2004 renewal packs.

They are requested to return the corrected detachable form of the renewal notice to the registrar as soon as possible.


The RTPI has been asked to participate in a community development foundation project inter-disciplinary action on sustainable development.

We are looking for eight enthusiastic planners (from a variety of professional back grounds) to attend a half-day workshop to discuss problems of, and solutions to, achieving better inter-disciplinary working. The workshop will take place in London on the afternoon of Thursday, 27 November and expenses will be paid.

- If you are interested in participating contact Louise Waring on (e-mail) louise.waring@rtpi.org.uk or (tel) 020 7929 9467.


The next closing date for the receipt of applications for the various classes of Membership is Friday, 12 December 2003 for consideration at the membership panel meeting in towards the end of January 2004.

A fee is payable and a cheque must be sent with the completed application.

All applicants for election to fellowship, membership, legal associateship and technical membership also have to submit a professional development plan as part of their completed application.


Making a difference - building community capacity with Planning Aid: 10 November National planning aid conference. The Council House, Birmingham. The conference aims to promote community involvement in planning while promoting Planning Aid's role in making a difference, ensuring that involvement is both inclusive and effective. It also aims to demonstrate good practice in community engagement. Speakers include: planning minister Keith Hill and Birmingham city council's chief planning officer Emrys Jones. Details: Mary Murphy (tel) 020 7929 9488 or (e-mail) mary.murphy@rtpk.org.uk

Planning reform - the next steps: 11 November, 19 November, 26 November, 2 December. ODPM, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RTPI and the Town and Country Planning Association. Newcastle, Manchester, London, Birmingham. Series of regional seminars on the reforms proposed in the planning and compulsory purchase bill. Details: RICS Events (tel) 020 7695 1600; (e-mail) events@rics.org.

Delivering sustainable development - myth or reality: 11 November/RTPI East of England Branch. Ipswich Town Football Club. Details: Tina Jessup (tel) 01359 252366; (e-mail) eastofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Managing coastal risk: making the shared responsibility work: 20 November. RTPI Southern Branch and Hampshire County Council. Winchester. - Details: Pam Moore (tel) 023 8027 5153; (e-mail) pamnbprtpi@aol.com.

Sport, recreation and tourism: 25 November. East Midlands RTPI and Landmark Planning, Central Baptist Church, Leicester. Conference aims to evaluate and discuss recent changes in the sport, recreation and tourism areas and how they impinge on planning and development matters. A number of case studies will be used. Details: Helen Prangley (tel) 0116 2547391; (e-mail) hp@landmarkplanning.co.uk.

Housing matters: 26 November. RTPI Northern Branch. Darlington Town Hall/Dolphin Centre. A seminar to look at the latest thinking on major housing issues in the region such as housing market renewal, brownfield development and urban capacity studies. Details: Kay Lough (tel) 0191 222 7812; (e-mail) key.lough@newcastle.ac.uk.

Annual planning law update: 1 December. RTPI East of England Branch. Downing College, Cambridge. Details: Tina Jessup (see above).

Regeneration network lunch: 1 December. Donington Thistle Hotel, East Midlands Airport. This is an opportunity to receive and discuss a presentation to be given by Graham Chapman, a deputy chairman of the East Midlands Development Agency, on the topic Three cities collaborative working approach. It is free of charge for regeneration network members and their guests. For details about the event or to join the regeneration network: (e-mail) trish.schofield@rtpi.org.uk; (tel) 01262 605972.


Patsy Healey, senior editor, Planning Theory and Practice, writes: We are not alone in the UK in our efforts to update our planning systems.

Similar exercises are going on in many parts of the world. To get a global perspective on planning system reform see the latest issue of Planning Theory and Practice (Number 4.3).

It also contains a set of papers on how planning practices are adjusting to the challenge of ethnically-diverse cities. Drawing on examples from different parts of the world, these highlight the continuing limitations of planning system responses. Is this a missing issue in the 'reforming planning systems' agenda?

In addition, there is a paper on enforcement practice and the usual book reviews. Make sure that you get to see this issue, and, if you are one of the many who have a personal subscription, make sure you read it. The editorial, abstracts and the introduction to the interface section all give you helpful guides to content.

- Planning Theory and Practice is available to members of the RTPI at a privileged rate. A free online sample copyis available via www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/1464935.html.

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