Award-winning planner Leslie Jay dies

Leslie Jay started work in the building surveyor's office at Norwich Corporation in 1929 before moving into town planning in 1934.

He was appointed as a town planning assistant at Norfolk County Council town in 1936, where he sat his RTPI finals and won the George Pepler Trust prize.

In 1937 he became town planning assistant on the Isle of Wight and later highway surveyor and town planner, returning after the Second World War when he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

In 1950 he moved to East Sussex County, where he spent the rest of his career as planning officer. During the 1950s, he met Dr Gunther Hirsch of Oxford's Agricultural Economic Research Institute and they presented papers on their social data collection and analysis work. Jay's department won awards for East Sussex in the 1970s for its landscape classification work.

He set up the Rye Harbour nature reserve, negotiated the purchase of Exceat Estate for East Sussex, set up the Seven Sisters Country Park and co-founded the Regional Studies Association before taking early retirement in 1974.

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