Upton made panel deputy

RTPI secretary-general Robert Upton has been named as one of the infrastructure planning commission (IPC)'s two deputy chairs.

Upton, who has led the RTPI for the past 13 years, will take up the post in October. "I am sorry to be leaving the RTPI, but very pleased by my new appointment. I am a great believer in the need for the IPC," he said.

Pauleen Lane, an elected member of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, will be the second deputy. They will work under chairman Sir Michael Pitt, who said they were selected from a "very impressive field". The Commons communities and local government select committee will now scrutinise the appointments.

Before joining the RTPI, Upton was chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council. Most of his previous career was as a planner in the Hong Kong Government. The RTPI will now begin the search for his successor.

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