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RTPI blog round-up: 25,000 planners can’t be wrong

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 16 December 2017-2 February, 2018

25,000 planners can’t be wrong

There can be few more satisfying tasks in one’s career than to represent your fellow professionals as president of the Royal Town Planning Institute and I am honoured and delighted to take on the role.

In my inaugural speech in London last week, I spoke of my commitment to lifelong learning, using my own career as a metaphor for the journey which most planners take in building knowledge, developing skills and gaining experience over a lifetime.  I am fortunate to have worked in both the public, private and voluntary sectors and I can honestly say that planning continues to interest and inspire me, irrespective of the routine pressures, tensions and sometimes traumas which are part of the everyday job. We should all be proud of our profession…

By John Acres MRTPI, president of the RTPI

18 ways to get ahead in 2018

Planners love to plan! Here are our 18 tips for success in 2018 that will help you get the most out of this year and your RTPI membership…

By Josh Rule, communications officer at the RTPI

A local plan that supports growth and looks beyond numbers

Preparing local plans requires a significant amount of time, resources and skills against the backdrop of ever shrinking planning departments and constant changes to the planning system. Despite this, there are now more local plans in place than ever before, demonstrating a certain resilience within the system and those that operate within it.

By Uyen-Phan Han, planning policy manager at Birmingham City Council

Creating the Wales we want

The UN’s New Urban Agenda and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mark a significant milestone in raising understanding of the responsibilities of governments as leaders in sustainable development, but the voluntary nature of the initiative makes implementation a real challenge…

By Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI, director of RTPI Cymru and Northern Ireland

Technology and local leadership hold the key to sustainable cities

The spread of urbanisation is inexorable. In 1800, just two percent of the world’s population was urbanised, in 2000 the figure reached 47 percent, and on the current trajectory it is estimated to be 70 percent in 2030.

By Peter Geraghty FRTPI, head of planning and transport at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Lessons from the best planning research

The projects that won the Royal Town Planning Institute's research awards this year offer interesting insights into topical issues. Here are five things we learnt…

By the RTPI

Planning and pilgrimage

In September I finally gave in to my friend who had been on at me to walk the famous Camino de Santiago. This is a medieval pilgrimage route across Northern Spain which is now ironically gaining increasing popularity in this age of the plane. I have to issue a disclaimer, I only walked about one fifth of the total, so I am not a true pilgrim with a stamped Credencial to prove my minimum 100 últimos kilómetros.

By Richard Blyth, head of policy, practice and research at the RTPI