An election is currently being held for the position of junior vice-president.
The candidates are Jim Claydon and Dory Reeves. Ballot papers have been sent to all RTPI corporate members. These need to be returned to: Secretary General, RTPI, c/o The Electoral Reform Society, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW no later than Monday 13 December. If you have not received your ballot papers or would like further information, please contact Charles Veal (tel) 020 7929 9477 (e-mail) email@example.com.
Nominations to the general assembly
There are still places available on the general assembly 2005 for members of the following classes: fellows and members, technical associates and student members. If you wish to stand for a place, please contact Charles Veal at the RTPI for a nomination form (tel) 020 7929 9477 (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments will be approved by the executive board in accordance with the institute's regulations and there will be no ballot of the membership.
Nomination forms must be returned by Monday 13 December to the Company Secretary, RTPI, 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R 8DL.
PlanningMatter.co.uk - authors wanted
PlanningMatters.co.uk, the RTPI's online knowledge resource that launched recently, 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 materials for this resource and are suitably qualified and experienced, please contact Stephen Wellings for more information (e-mail) email@example.com.
PRESS ROUND UP
Since the appointment of our new press officer in October, the RTPI has been involved with giving advice, commenting and researching information for a number of journalists and editors from a wide background. The RTPI's active members, panels and networks provide us with unrivaled access to the very best in planning knowledge.
Some of the issues that we have covered so far include:
- A UK spatial strategy.
- The decline of market towns and areas of secondary retail.
- The national debate on casinos and licensing.
- Homes in the South East growth areas, which included Mike Hayes appearing on BBC Radio Northampton to discuss the growth areas on a trip to the East Midlands branch.
- The impact of a no vote on regional planning.
- Retrospective planning applications - not just gypsies and travellers, but also businesses and householders.
- Director of policy and research Kelvin MacDonald helped a journalist from a national paper with a potted history of town planning in about 30 minutes.
We have been working closely with the BBC's Breakfast programme for a story it is running on the rise in the number of planning appeals and the length of time that it takes to get a site visit date, making sure that it takes on board the broader issues of skills and resourcing of planning departments. The sole practitioners network was unbelievably helpful in sourcing information and we would like to thank everyone who contributed.
We have put out a number of press releases on planning obligations, The Ageing Population report and in support of the ODPM select committee's findings on gypsies and travellers. The front page of the website is regularly updated, so be sure not to miss out.
SEMINARS AND MEETINGS
Planning for Housing: Getting It Together
17 December, City Hall, Salisbury.
Finding and securing suitable housing in the South West is becoming increasingly difficult for local people living on average incomes. The widening gap between housing costs and average earnings is one of the biggest threats to rural communities. The conference will look at creative and innovative approaches to the provision of good quality sustainable and affordable homes in the rural areas of the West Country. Confirmed speakers include Community Council for Somerset senior rural housing enabler Jonathan Layzell and Dorset Community Action rural housing enabler Andy Lloyd.
Details: Helen Clark (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.