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'By gracious approval': 60 years of chartered planners

Words: Simon Wicks
RTPI 60 year charter logo

It’s 60 years since the Town Planning Institute was awarded a Royal Charter. How has planning changed in the intervening decades, and what does being a chartered member mean to planners? Matt Moody and Simon Wicks asked the planners

“The grant of the Charter is a recognition of the practice of town and country planning as a profession and of the Town Planning Institute as ‘the body politic and corporate’ for the profession.” So wrote the TPI president Udolphus Aylmer Coates in the July-August 1959 edition of the Journal of the Town Planning Institute, going on to describe the awarding of a royal charter as “the bloom of........
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