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09/08/2019

RTPI blog round-up: Planning, perseverance & ambition in the East Midlands

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 6 July-9 August, 2019

Planning, perseverance & ambition in the East Midlands

“Chesterfield punches well above its weight” was the collective view of many of the planners I spoke to on my recent visit to the northern part of the RTPI East Midlands region.

The scale of ambition and the determination to deliver were wholly apparent in my meeting with Chesterfield Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Assistant Director for Economic Development, and planning team members during my tour of the town.

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Poetry ‘n’ motion in North Wales

Hedd Wyn was a Welsh poet, farmer and latterly soldier, killed at Ypres on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He was posthumously awarded the Bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod, the annual cultural festival of Wales.  His family home, Yr Ysgwrn at Trawsfynydd, is now a museum to him and to peace. It was here that I met officers of Snowdonia National Park Authority and Owain Wyn, its Chairman and himself a chartered town planner.

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Congratulations to the Canadian Institute of Planning on their centenary

Ottawa lies on a rising incline that culminates in steep river cliffs overlooking the Ottawa River. The Canadian Parliament building takes centre stage on the cliff top, while alongside is the romantic fantasy of the Chateau Laurier hotel, an early 20th Century railway hotel. And it is here on 31st May 1919 that the Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP) was founded.

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

A young planner goes behind the scenes

I spent a day at Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) thanks to the RTPI initiative to experience public sector planning from a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective. The main purpose of my day was to engage with public sector planners and gain insight into the decisions and challenges the senior management team face trying to balance public services, fiscal constraints, the expectations of stakeholders and the effects of politics.

I had the opportunity to engage not only with the planning team but also the senior management team and the directors.

By Natasha Blackmore Da Silva

Town and country planning in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a large county and RTPI region, encompassing sizeable cities in Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Sheffield; exceptional heritage assets, including at York; and two National Parks in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The contrast between metropolitan and deep rural was plainly demonstrated on my recent visit, one day in the Moors and another in Bradford and Leeds.

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

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