RTPI Bulletin Board

ON THE WATER

The Scottish Young Planners trip was a resounding success, says Jill Patterson.

The sun shone for the study trip that was held on 2 September. The theme for the day was On the Water and around 60 young planners from across Scotland came together in Glasgow for what was yet another successful event.

The day included a series of talks focusing on the integration of water and land use, followed by a boat trip to view the various regeneration initiatives currently under way along the River Clyde. This involves the revitalisation of around 300ha of prime river front land with a variety of new uses and seeks to transform the underused, vacant and neglected land to make it a vibrant place in which to live, visit and work.

Julia McPherson from the Firth of Clyde Forum provided an overview of the Clyde area, after which Peter Kearns, executive director for the Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership, showed us slides of projects that are part of the regeneration. He said that planners are there to help fellow professionals to work with them and make decisions. A key aim of all this is to the look at the future, but also to learn from the past.

Wayland Pope from ISIS Waterside Regeneration then showed two DVDs of waterfront projects - Granary Wharf in Leeds and Speirs Wharf in Glasgow - to outline the main considerations for planners on waterfront development schemes.

After outlining his experiences of the Glasgow Harbour project, a masterplan that displays some flexibility, Tom McInally from McInally Associates suggested that planners should encourage more initiative and imagination from architects. An alternative perspective focusing on the environmental aspects of habitat and wildlife was provided by Neil Deasley from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. He said that we should think about quality, protect what is valuable and look for enhancement and habitat creation opportunities.

Since there is no better way to see a waterfront development than from the water, after lunch we set off along the River Clyde aboard the Pride of the Clyde. This gave us the opportunity to see practical examples of the ideas discussed during the morning talks. A detailed commentary was provided by Alastair McDonald from Glasgow City Council and Stuart McDonald from Creative Clyde.

Jill Paterson is a planning consultant at Halliday Fraser Munro.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR GREETINGS

The president, general assembly and staff of the RTPI wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2006.

RTPI CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

The Botolph Lane office will be closed from 23 December to 2 January 2006 inclusive.

GEORGE PEPLER INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2006

Applications are now invited for this award

If you are under 30 and interested in travelling abroad next year to study a particular aspect of town and country planning, then why not apply for this award?

The successful candidate will be awarded a sum of £1,500 to be paid in two installments - two-thirds before the visit and the balance afterwards on submission of a report. To enter, candidates must complete and submit an application form together with a statement showing the nature of the study that they propose to carry out. Applicants do not need to be members or students of the RTPI.

- More details are available from (e-mail) awards@rtpi.org.uk or can be viewed via www.rtpi.org.uk/about-the-rtpi/awards/pepler/index.html.

LEGAL COMMENTARY CONTINUES TO ROLL

In November, a legal commentary written in the form of a personal blog by Martin Goodall, a partner at Sisman Nichols, was added to www.planningmatters.co.uk.

This week, commentaries on four topical issues have been added:

- Is it in force? considers the annoying habit of governments to pass planning legislation and then bring it into force in dribs and drabs through a plethora of commencement orders.

- Reserved permitted development rights for aerial dishes. Not for the first time, the General Permitted Development Order has had to be amended to take account of changing technology in the transmission of satellite television and other telecommunications signals.

- Commencement again highlights that the valid implementation of a planning permission clearly remains a continuing problem.

- Polytunnels stresses that if these horticultural structures are a bone of contention with your authority, you may be able to do something about them.

- More information: (tel) 020 8568 1500; (e-mail) david@planningmatters.co.uk.

CAP NEWSLETTER

The latest issue of CAP News (issue 14) is now available via www.commonwealth-planners.org. It contains articles from the Planning Institute of Australia on disaster planning with reference to Sri Lanka and the small islands in the Pacific. Conference and workshop reports come from New York, Cyprus and Jamaica. Urban growth in African cities is a planning matter causing unforeseen issues and is also examined in detail.

SEMINARS AND MEETINGS

Quality and Speed in Development Control: Overcoming Challenges, 26 January 2006. Jurys Inn, Birmingham.

The RTPI recognises the need to support and develop the skills needs of all our members. This one-day event counts as an important and valid source of continuing professional development for all those working with the development control sector. The event will offer guidance from top-level professionals on all the main issues that senior development controllers and planners will face through best practice case studies, panel discussions and snapshot sessions on the practical applications of legislation. It will also examine best practice work in development control and planning to enable you to create the best outcomes for your area and to successfully meet government requirements.

Key issues to be addressed include achieving quality urban design, high-density not low-quality, developing long-term affordable housing with lessons from the planning delivery grant, implementing the e-government system, meeting growth targets, guidance on the practical application of law and recent changes to legislation including section 106 agreements, the planning act, telecoms and temporary stop notices.

This is an opportunity to learn how others are tackling the challenge to meet targets, understand legislation and deliver swift implementation of the development control agenda. Gain a deeper knowledge of what you can achieve and what you must strive for to deliver better outcomes in your development control work. A special discount is available for RTPI members.

- Details: (website) www.haymarketevents.com/conferences.

UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENT FINANCE

27 January. RTPI South West Branch. Plymouth. This conference is being held due to popular demand because many planners feel that they do not have the right knowledge or skills in development finance. Details: Helen Clarke (tel) 01823 665532; (e-mail) southwest@rtpi.org.uk.

DEATHS

The institute regrets to inform members of the deaths of the following: Derek William Buckler, Kenneth Horace Davies, Keith Charlesworth Jeremiah, Donald Edwin Johnson, Dafydd Huw Lynn, Graham George Newman, Wilfred Pearson, Samuel Saville, Dalip Singh, Fraser Teal.


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