RTPI Bulletin Board


PlanningMatters.co.uk, the RTPI's online knowledge resource that launched recently, is one that will continue to grow. We are therefore looking for authors and reviewers to write numerous "knowledge builders" and "action lists" on a variety of spatial planning topics.

If you are interested in authoring or reviewing material for this resource, and are suitably qualified and experienced, please contact Stephen Wellings (e-mail) stephen@planningmatters.co.uk for more information.


At planning aid we believe that access to planning information should be available regardless of an individual's ability to pay for it. Through our network of ten regional services, delivered in England by the RTPI and Planning Aid for London, we seek to deepen the involvement of disadvantaged individuals and communities who traditionally have not participated because they have been unable to pay a planning consultant.

Every regional planning aid service is working to engage disadvantaged communities and individuals by operating a free, professional and independent advice service and through a programme of targeted community planning.

The new planning aid website is designed to help our mission of empowering people through knowledge to take part in the planning system.

The new planning aid website places access to information at the centre.

It is based on key research findings and is a major tool of the enhancement programme funded by the ODPM. The key purposes of the website are to promote the planning aid service to the public, deliver aspects of the service and support both staff and volunteers through information provision. An online community is planned and this will enable both staff and volunteers to communicate with each other and share good practice.

On the site you can find out about the planning aid service, learn more about planning aid's regional activities through case studies and descriptions of community planning projects as well as events, access key research documents that have informed our development to date and download publicity material. For those interested in the variety of volunteering opportunities in planning aid, there is a host of information that will interest you.

Visitors to the website will benefit from its professional and independent design, which supports ease of navigation, high-quality information and up-to-date information and a useful links section.

We would value your comments and views on the site, which would be particularly helpful to us during its early development phase. When visiting the site, please feel free to e-mail us at feedback. The site can be accessed directly via www.planningaid.rtpi.org.uk or from the RTPI front page at www.rtpi.org.uk.


RTPI president Mike Hayes met with students at the University Newcastle-upon-Tyne on a visit to the RTPI Northern Branch. He also presented the branch awards in Cumbria and Morpeth.

The prizes went to the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Rural Housing Trust and consultant Jackie Blenkinsop for work on demonstrating affordable housing needs in rural areas and to Northumberland County Council and Castle Morpeth Borough Council for improvements to Morpeth Market Place.


Final reminder - awards nominations closing soon

Nominations for the Planning Consultancy of the Year Award and the Young Planner of the Year Award, sponsored by King's Chambers, are closing soon.

The awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight yourselves and your practice.

If you are considering entering the running or nominating a young planner or planning consultancy, the closing date is 12 November. Get your nominations in now.


Development Control Update. 12 November. RTPI Southern Branch. Guildhall, Winchester. Chaired by Robin Cooper, director of development services at Winchester City Council, 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 (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) northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Annual 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.

Quiz Night and AGM. 7 December. RTPI London Branch. London Canal Museum. The inaugural London Branch quiz night. Entry is open to teams of up to six people. Warning: some of the questions may relate tenuously to the built environment. Details: (e-mail) londonbranch@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 for 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) northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Housing Regeneration and Renewal. February 2005. This seminar will review the latest regeneration and renewal strategies in the northern region. The event will concentrate on areas of housing market failure in the area. Cost: £94 including VAT. Details: (tel/fax) 0191 222 7812 or (e-mail) northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

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