RTPI NEWS: Bulletin Board

Fellowship

Randall Arendt is a new RTPI fellow

Randall Arendt BA MPhil FRTPI is a planner whose career has increasingly focused on the development and dissemination of conservation-led approaches to development. After spending part of his early working life in Norfolk County Council's planning department, Arendt moved to the US, where he has worked in practice in Maine and Massachusetts, then as an academic, researching and teaching at the University of Massachusetts, where he focused on rural planning issues.

He subsequently worked for the Natural Lands Trust in Pennsylvania and is currently a sole practitioner specialising in conservation planning, ordinance improvement and creative site design. He has published numerous articles and books reflecting his interests and ideas in this area.

Two elements of his work are of particular distinction:

- Its creative response to the limitations presented by the planning and landowner rights frameworks of New England states; and

- Its extensive commitment to promotion and dissemination in an environment dominated by relatively small communities, many with limited access to professional planning support.

FIFTY YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP

The president has sent the council's congratulations and best wishes to Professor James Bell MRTPI (Rtd), Alan Leaker MRTPI (Rtd), Benjamin Prince MRTPI (Rtd) and Thomas Ridge MRTPI (Rtd), who have recently achieved 50 years of membership, having been elected in November 1953.

SEMINARS AND MEETINGS

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, 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. Details: (e-mail) networks@rtpi.org.uk; (tel) 01262 605972.

Annual planning law update: 1 December. RTPI East of England Branch. Downing College, Cambridge. Cost: £70 + VAT (including refreshments and lunch). Details: Tina Jessup, RTPI East of England Branch administrator (tel) 01359 252366; (fax) 01359 252364; (e-mail) eastofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Annual legal update: 3 December. RTPI Yorkshire Branch and Hammonds. Civic Theatre, Leeds. The annual planning law update is one of the most popular fixtures on the Yorkshire planning calendar. This year's occasion again covers current topics and cases and includes the latest edition of the planning bill. Details: Paula Nolan (tel) 0113 246 5714; (e-mail) yorkshire@rtpi.org.uk.


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