Planning Aide writes:

"Ho, ho, ho. Christmas is coming with the annual opportunity for young and old planners everywhere to make fools of themselves at the office Christmas party. Here is my advice for keeping your reputation intact well into the New Year.

"Well, the only sure-fire way of not ending up ashamed of yourselves is to not go or not drink - options that will not appeal to everyone.

Other alternatives include: avoiding the general area around the boss, stationary cupboard and photocopier; remembering to take a spare set of clothes in case the urge to strip overtakes you - there is no scientific or rational explanation as to why some people think that this is cool; always making sure that you have a way of getting home; and, finally, if it is fancy dress, making sure that your costume involves the donning of a mask to ensure complete anonymity. In any event, make sure that no cameras are present so that there is no evidence to haunt you for years to come. Have a good one."


The Liverpool Young Planners' Conference will be held on 26-28 March 2004. The venue for the conference has been confirmed as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, part of the historic Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey (www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime). The schedule and speakers for the conference are still being finalised, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Our local group co-ordinator is Joanne Dutton. If you would like to help her, particularly in arranging the social side of the conference, please e-mail her at jdutton@staffordbc.gov.uk.


Edinburgh 2004

Watch this space for more details about the second young planner's conference to be held in Edinburgh early next year. Watch out for a preview of the conference on the January young planner's page.


This is an e-mail-based discussion forum for young planners. Basically, once you have joined, send an e-mail to the special address and this will be distributed to all members to generate debate. Go to www.rtpi.org.uk/resources/panels/young/signup-yp.html, choose the young planners' discussion list, enter the required information - you will need your membership number - and keep a lookout in your in-box for young planner debates, or start your own.


The Young Planners' Network continues to grow and now has a membership of approximately 350 young planners based in the UK and beyond. If you would like to become a member and receive free e-mail updates about the work of the panel, the annual conference and other essential information for young planners, simply go to www.rtpi.org.uk/resources/panels/young/signup-yp.html and fill in the required details. Please note that existing members of the old Young Planners' Network should also subscribe again in this way.


We hope that you enjoy our monthly Young Planners' Page in Planning. We are always on the lookout for contributions to this page from young planners. In the New Year, we hope to have more contributions from the branches. So, if you are a young planner rep, get your thinking cap on.

If you would like to see your article in print, have some planning-related humour to share, or simply have an idea for a subject that you would like to see here on this page, let us know.

Due to the fact that there are fewer issues of Planning in December, there will be no Young Planners' Page next month, so from all of the young planners' panel, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


If you are organising an event for young planners and would like to have it advertised on these pages, simply send the details via e-mail to young.planners@

rtpi.org.uk, and we will do our utmost to make sure that it appears on the next monthly page.


New Year, new direction. Changing your planning career path.

- The monthly young planners' page is edited by the young planners' panel.

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