RTPI Bulletin Board


Renewal notices for RTPI members' 2005 subscriptions were mailed out in the last week of October. UK members may now pay additionally by online banking or Visa debit card and Maestro (Switch) - please consult the subscriptions booklet for more details. Members paying by direct debit and wishing to obtain a concession on their subscription should send in the form "Annual Declaration of Low Income" to the subscriptions team by 6 December. Included in the pack is a booking form for the Planning Convention in London 2005, whereby members can pay a reduced amount of £99 + VAT, instead of £125 + VAT, if returned by 30 November.


9 December, 5pm-8pm. Kennedy Lecture Theatre, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH. Speaker: Sir Terry Farrell.

This year's RTPI lecture will be delivered by Sir Terry Farrell CBE, MRTPI, ARIBA, FCSD. Sir Terry is one of the world's foremost planners, architects and urban designers and principal of Terry Farrell and Partners.

The subject of his address will be "Urban Futures". Sir Terry will explore the role of planning and design professionals in influencing the future of urban places. The talk will be centred on a series of thematic concepts, each designed to highlight different forms of cities, from the "connected city" to the "fair city". Each of the ten forms will be illustrated with examples of recent projects from both home and abroad.

RTPI president Mike Hayes says: "We are delighted to have a speaker of Sir Terry Farrell's calibre to deliver this year's RTPI lecture. Terry's experience in delivering leading-edge projects around the world and his innovative approach to creating places will make this a fascinating lecture not to be missed."

Cost: £25 full price, £15 students. Details: Helen Booth (tel) 020 8267 4126 or (e-mail) helen.booth@haynet.com.


We are now in the process of taking entries for the Online Directory of Planning Consultants, the Directory of Consultants and regional leaflets for 2005. Those firms not currently listed should by now have received booking details for 2005. Also, firms currently listed will have received information about renewing their entry for 2005. The deadline for bookings is 26 November.

If you have not received any details for 2005 or have any questions regarding an entry, costs or invoicing, please do not hesitate to contact us: (tel) 020 7881 1863 or (e-mail) simon.owen@rtpiconsultants.co.uk.


12 November. Dunfermline.

The RTPI in Scotland is to hold its annual conference in Dunfermline next month. The legacy of Scots biologist and town planner Sir Patrick Geddes, in this 150th anniversary year of his birth, will feature prominently throughout the day.

Mike Rumney of Fife Council, who will welcome delegates to conference, says: "We are delighted that the RTPI has chosen Dunfermline for its annual conference, especially since Sir Patrick Geddes was so closely associated with the town. His ideas about the cultural and aesthetic importance of the greenspace system, community facilities and a publicly accessible artistic creation are to the fore of environmental planning policies today."

The theme of the conference is tools for the job and it will review the tools available to planners and other practitioners involved in the environmental professions to do their jobs.

- Details: (tel) 0141 574 1905, (e-mail) events@IDOXplc.com or visit the RTPI website at www.scotland.rtpi.org.uk/diary to download a booking form.


Please note, the National Planning Aid Conference: Engaging Communities is now full.

Thomas Sharp Memorial Lecture Evening.

9 November. RTPI Northern Branch, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The school of architecture, planning and landscape and the RTPI Northern Branch presents the Thomas Sharpe Memorial Lecture: Regeneration - Whose Job Is It? with UK Land Estates executive chairman Sir Ian Wrigglesworth.

Cost: Free - 5.30pm onwards. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Development Control Update

12 November. RTPI Southern Branch, Guildhall, Winchester.

Chaired by Winchester City Council director of development services Robin Cooper with speakers Stephen Bowden of Dutton Gregory, Paul Jackson of Test Valley Borough Council and Carl Patrick of Charles Planning Associates.

Cost: £50 including VAT. Details: Liz Chan-A-Sue (tel) 01628 510192 or (e-mail) southofengland@rtpi.org.uk

Annual RTPI Dinner 19 November. RTPI Northern Branch, Assembly Rooms, Newcastle.

This event, held in association with Ward Hadaway Solicitors, features an after dinner speaker, disco and caricaturist.

Cost: £28.50. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Flood Risk and Water Management

24 November. Environment Agency.

PPS25 on development and flood risk is now bedding in and we may have a new sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) manual in 2004. The Environment Agency is working on catchment flood management plans and catchment abstraction management strategies. Everybody is, or should be, preparing for the water framework directive, so there is lots to consider.

This will be a day in two parts - you can attend for one or both. In the morning we will look at technical aspects of flood and drainage system modelling and related design issues. In the afternoon we will consider policy and strategy issues from a number of perspectives and the vexed question of management and maintenance of SUDS. This is a joint event with the PURE North East Interreg 3B project.

Cost: £94 including VAT. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) h.d.montgomery@newcastle.ac.uk.

Planning Law Update: 3 December. RTPI East of England Branch, Ipswich Town Football Club, Ipswich. Cost: £70 + VAT (including refreshments and lunch). Details: Tina Jessup (tel) 01359 252366 or (e-mail) eastofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Planning Policy Statements: The New Wave: 8 December. Chester le Street Civic Centre. By this date we may have an updated PPS1 and PPS6 as well as the consultation draft for an amalgamated PPG15-16 following the publication of Heritage Protection by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. In addition, there is likely to be a review of PPG4 and PPS7. This autumn seminar will update delegates on the most topical changes to planning policy statements, proposed and actual, at the time. Cost: £94 including VAT. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) h.d.montgomery@newcastle.ac.uk.

Housing Regeneration and Renewal: February 2005. This seminar will review regeneration and renewal strategies in the northern region. It will concentrate on areas of housing market failure in the region. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) h.d.montgomery@newcastle.ac.uk.

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