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RTPI blog round-up: Planning and the Welsh language: Putting words into action?

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 5 March - 1 April, 2016

Planning and the Welsh language: Putting words into action? 

How can the Welsh language be taken into consideration in the planning process in Wales? It is a question that local planning authorities in Wales have grappled with for many years.

By Ian Stevens, associate planner at Fisher German LLP and a member of the RTPI Cymru Policy and Research Forum

Why are planning awards important? 

Planning in the modern age is about the exercise of professional judgement in a political context, and yet the political context today is in many ways inhospitable to modern planning. This is epitomised by some policymakers’ overwhelming focus on the speed of decision-making, a marginalisation of public participation, and an antipathy towards strategic and long-term decision-making.

By Peter Geraghty, head of planning and transport at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and chair of the International Committee of the RTPI

Giving evidence on the value of planning 

RTPI submitted its evidence to the committee in December 2015, in order to lay down a marker in respect of the value of planning. We were not particularly hopeful of an invitation to appear before the committee this time. Having given evidence quite a few times to select committees and parliamentary all party groups, I was surprised to feel a fair degree of apprehension in January this year when the committee clerk rang and I was invited to give evidence.

By Trudi Elliott, chief executive

Walking the walk? Planning to support the Scottish National Walking Strategy

The new National Walking Strategy Action Plan for Scotland has just been published. I chair the plan's delivery forum so I am probably biased, but I think that it is a very useful challenge to many of us to start thinking more about what we can do to support walking, including planners and other built environment professionals.

By Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland

Making cities better for women

International Women’s Day (IWD) should be an opportunity to reflect on the places we create and whether they are empowering for everyone, including women and girls. Our chief executive published a blog earlier this year on why the RTPI champions diversity, including what the RTPI is doing for women in planning. Last year, we published a blog on gender balance in planning, where there has been great progress, for IWD 2015.

By Victoria Pinoncély, research officer