Institute upgrades planning consultancy listing website

The RTPI has relaunched the official directory of firms that provide high-quality services, notes Simon Owen.

Earlier this month, the RTPI re-launched its Online Directory of Planning Consultants, the only official listing of firms providing the services of professionally qualified planners. It is the premier site for the consultancy sector, including firms that operate in the UK and abroad. It provides users with up-to-date details of consultancies that can provide the level of service and experience they need.

If you are a consultant, you will find that the service allows you to increase the company information you can add. It will provide you with a quicker process for entering details and easier site navigation.

Entry in the online directory guarantees that your firm will be listed in the directory and the regional leaflets published next January. These are distributed free of charge to local authorities, libraries, citizens' advice bureaux, Planning Aid and RTPI regional offices. All firms listed online are included in the referral service, which receives more than 200 enquiries each year.

The online directory is as important for the end user as it is for the consultant. It offers them assurance that the listed firms provide the services of RTPI members, subscribe to a code of professional conduct and have up-to-date planning knowledge and indemnity cover.

The comprehensive database is easy to access. Through the search facility, the user has the opportunity to look for consultants according to various criteria, such as location, services, facilities and skills. Most importantly, the service is free and there is no need to register in order to use the directory. The website is continually being updated and it provides free access to the consultancy referral service.

Every year, this service receives positive feedback from consultants and end users. Lloyds TSB Property Finance spokesman Yusuf Dawood comments: "We found the Online Directory of Planning Consultants referral service an excellent means of sourcing the right consultants for our needs."

Meanwhile, an LEK Consulting representative says: "I found the process very helpful and engaged one of the firms the RTPI recommended." We are accepting entries for next year, including the printed directory and regional leaflets.

If you are interested in using this service, advertising opportunities or require more information about the directory, telephone Simon Owen on 020 7960 5663 or email

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