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RTPI blog round-up: Challenges facing planning education in the UK; Where is the ‘glue’ in the new NPPF?

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 3 March-6 April, 2018

Challenges facing planning education in the UK

There are more than 30 RTPI-accredited planning schools in the UK and abroad. The Planning Schools Forum (PSF) is the collective voice for all these schools and promotes the value of planning education in terms of teaching and research.

What are the challenges faced by planning schools, and how are they responding to these challenges with new ways of doing things?…

By John Sturzaker, chair of the Planning Schools Forum

Where is the ‘glue’ in the new NPPF? 

After spending the best part of three hours to travel less than 40 miles (don’t you love rail replacement buses with incredibly unrealistic timetables), I found myself in a slightly surreal position among members of the press with a front row seat for a speech from Prime Minister Theresa May…

By Hannah Budnitz, chair of the Transport Planning Network at the Royal Town Planning Institute

In praise of cities

It is a sobering thought that by 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, according to the New Urban Agenda published by the United Nations following the 2016 Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

Urbanisation has been gathering pace across the world in recent decades to the point where, for the first time, over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities…

By John Acres MRTPI, president at the RTPI

Sustainability and green belts

Arguably, the Holy Grail of planning in the UK are our green belts.  Initially set up over 76 years ago to prevent ribbon development and  urban sprawl, they have become a permanent fixture in the planning system.  

Or have they?…

By Robert M Purton MRTPI, partner at David Lock Associates

Integrated land use and marine plans are the future

The BBC’s Blue Planet II series has brought the marine environment into our homes in spectacular fashion. I’ve been blown away by the wonders this series has uncovered and have noticed more people are talking about the issues facing our oceans.  From the problems of ocean plastics, ocean acidification and the over exploitation of fisheries, to the huge opportunities to extract  clean energy and deliver sustainable aquaculture, the planning profession can make a massive contribution to finding solutions…

By James Green, senior policy planner at Orkney Islands Council

Why visibility matters in women’s careers

At a recent Six Nations match at the home of Welsh rugby I was amused by a group of men (from the competing side) in front who seemed to be somewhat entertained and confused by something. I asked them if they were ok, as the focus seemed to be on me and the woman next to me. Smiling, they responded: “It’s our very first rugby match and there are women everywhere – we’re not used to this!” They enjoyed their afternoon, despite the score line…

By Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI, director of Wales and Northern Ireland at the RTPI