RTPI Bulletin Board

Online consultants directory Directory of Planning Consultants and Regional Leaflets 2006.

We are now in the process of renewing entries for the online, printed and regional versions of the official RTPI directory 2006.

An entry in the RTPI Directory of Planning Consultants brings the following benefits:

- Guaranteed inclusion in the printed directory and excellent exposure via the 5,000 copies distributed free of charge to the planning industry.

- Additional exposure through automatic entry into 10,000 printed regional versions, distributed free of charge.

- Online entries benefiting from greater traffic via 140,000 plus page requests each month.

- Improved search facility enabling users to view your details.

- Enhanced advertising opportunities offering greater consultancy awareness.

- Hotline referral service providing details of around 1,000 offices a year.

November will see the launch of a revamped website design. Improvements include:

- Tender and projects page - local authorities and other organisations will be able to directly advertise projects and invitations for tender.

- Product directory providing information on products relevant to the industry.

- Information on expert witnesses - for use only by those firms taking an entry.

- Greater general planning information.

- Improved and increased data input facility.

For full details on how to book an entry for 2006, please contact directory manager Simon Owen (tel) 020 7632 2363; (e-mail) simon.owen@rtpiconsultants.co.uk.

Entries will run on a fixed basis from 1 January 2006 until 31 December 2006.

- Deadline for entries is 23 December. Call the directory manager today to secure a listing in the 2006 directory.

DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS

The conduct and discipline panel has recently found that two members of the institute have breached the code of professional conduct and has disciplined the members concerned.

In the first case, a consultant member admitted that he failed to set out his fees in writing prior to commencing a commission. As a result, the panel found that he had breached clause 7(a) of the code of professional conduct. The panel agreed to warn the member as to his future conduct without naming him in the published report of its decision. The member did not appeal against this decision.

In the second case, a member charged his client for placing an advertisement concerning his development proposal in the local newspaper. The advert was never placed, although the member stated that it had been, and the member failed to repay the money provided for the advertisement. In addition, the member did not provide details of any professional indemnity insurance held. As a result the panel has found that the member failed to act with competence, honesty and integrity.

The panel originally agreed to suspend the member for a period of one year. However, after further representations it agreed to warn him as to his future conduct without being named in the published report. It also required him to write an apology to his client and to refund the £500 owed. These conditions have been met.

- If members have any queries concerning the code of professional conduct they should contact the institute's complaints investigator Ruth Richards (tel) 020 8988 6375; (e-mail) ruth.richards@rtpi.org.uk.

ELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENT: CORRECTION

The first sentence of Janet O'Neill's address (Planning, 11 November, p38) should have read: "I am a mainstream planner with more than ten years of experience in local government and more than 20 (not two) years' in private practice."

REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER

The following corporate members have been removed from the register for non-payment of subscription in accordance with the resolution of the membership panel at its meeting on 14 October 2005:

Miss KJ Anderson (M), BL Asare (M), CL Beeby (M), Mrs PBA Brett (M), DR Brook (M), HCK Chan (M), JP Cottrell (M), JD Cresswell (M), Miss MK Dhillon (M), G Dougal (M), Mrs HM Edwards (M), Miss A Forsyth (M), Miss A Gannon (M), RF Greenwood (M), Miss J Howarth (M), TJ Hwang (M), BD Joeman (M), MM Jones (M), Miss D Lambert (M), Miss JE Lampe (M), H Lee (M), KN Lee (M), Miss G Liu (M), AI Luke (M), Ms D McDermott (M), RN Murfin (M), A Musabayana (M), DJC Ormiston, (M), DJ Owen (M), Miss H Owusu-Ansah (M), Miss AK Parsons (M), Mrs C Phillips (M), Miss HE Purser (M), K Reid (M), AG Ross (M), RA Sakyi (M), MDI Sheppard (M), W Stewart (M), SA Szylak (M), G Thomson (M), GT Tsekouras (M), JW Turley (M), I Williams (M), Mrs K Williams (M).

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- FAMILY PLANNING

Are you in planning and have a family member also working in the profession?

Would you like to tell your story as part of the institute's promotion of lifelong learning and careers in planning? You and your relative's story will be published on the institute's website and in a future edition of Planning magazine. If you wish to take part in Family Planning, please contact RTPI lifelong learning manager George Law (tel) 020 7929 9487; (e-mail) george.law@rtpi.org.uk or lifelonglearning@rtpi.org.uk.

SEMINARS AND MEETINGS

Historic Environment Update - 23 November. RTPI North of England Branch. Hardwick Hall Hotel.

This event is arranged in collaboration with English Heritage. It will cover organisational and procedural changes in the agency, an overview of the heritage review, the preparation and review of conservation area appraisals, buildings that are at risk, the role of local strategic partnerships and the community.

- Details: Kay Lough (tel) 0191 222 5559; (e-mail) kay.lough@newcastle.ac.uk or northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

Delivery of Affordable and Key Worker Homes - 28 November. RTPI East of England Branch. St Albans District Council. Cost: £70 + VAT (includes lunch and refreshments).

- Details: Tina Jessup (tel) 01359 252366; (fax) 01359 252364; (e-mail) eastofengland@rtpi.org.uk.

E-planning: Love It or Hate It, It Is Happening - 9 December. RTPI South West Branch. The Guildhall, Bath.

What are the land-use implications of changing lifestyles and technology? Are you ready for business online? How will geographic information systems help us? Is it a blank cheque for suppliers? What can the Planning Portal or Planning and Regulatory Services Online do for you?

- Details: Helen Clarke (tel) 01823 665532; (e-mail) southwest@rtpi.org.uk.

Housing and the Planning System - 14 December. RTPI Yorkshire Branch. Leeds.

PPG3 establishes the delivery of housing through a planning system based on the plan, monitor and manage approach. This conference will examine and assess the ways in which homes are provided in accordance with PPG3, so that housing is provided in the right place and at the right time.

- Details: Paula Nolan (tel) 0113 246 5714; (fax) 0113 246 8520; (e-mail) yorkshire@rtpi.org.uk.

How To Get The Best Development on Site - 8 February 2006. RTPI Northern Branch. Venue TBC.

Planners work at the interface of the development, design and planning processes. For planners, architects, developers and communities this often feels like the proverbial rock and a hard place. Yet there is a demand for interaction to be creatively managed. This applies at all scales of development and in each unique context. The role is about plan and policy-making, masterplanning and site planning and designing and facilitating processes that do more than manage conflicting interests.

- Details: Kay Lough (tel) 0191 222 5559; (e-mail) kay.lough@newcastle.ac.uk or northofengland@rtpi.org.uk.


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