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Housing knowledge is a priority for planners

Words: Laura Edgar

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has reviewed the continuing professional development (CPD) of planners in the UK and across the world.

Current issues on housing and public health as well as ongoing feedback from its members prompted the review.

The institute has identified eight areas of knowledge and skills as key CPD priorities for the future. This will form part of the “extensive CPD programme”.

The focus areas are:

  • Delivering housing to meet national needs, with emphasis on promoting quality and design;

  • Health and inclusive planning;

  • Understanding and practising in a market economy – increasing planners’ knowledge about things such as the economics and financing of developments;

  • Understanding land as a resource – to enable planners to better understand the impact of land use on energy supply and use;

  • Communications, mediation and negotiation skills;

  • Effective decision-making;

  • Management and business skills; and

  • Ethics - the nature of the profession means planners are faced with the requirements of their employer, the needs of people affected, the collective welfare of the community and their personal views.

Trudi Elliott, chief executive of the RTPI, said: “Planners have a huge responsibility in society as professionals working in both the public and private sector to create better places. They work at the nexus of social, economic and environmental concerns, addressing the many challenges the world faces in an ever-changing political and socio-economic environment. This requires planners to keep learning throughout their career.”

The priorities were identified for focus following “extensive engagement” with members and aim to give planners a “sharper focus” for their professional development, helping to maintain the standards of the profession, Elliott concluded.

Chartered planners are required to do at least 50 hours of CPD every two years. All future RTPI CPD materials will be designed and aligned with the eight priorities.

New resources and future CPD materials can be found on the RTPI website.