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RTPI blog round-up: Positive planning abounds in America

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 6 April-3 May, 2019

Positive planning abounds in America

It’s no exaggeration to say that the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference is vast.  Six thousand four hundred delegates gathered in San Francisco in mid April - all in one place.  Just imagine.

It’s not just in numbers that the APA Conference impresses: the NPC also covers four days and numerous sessions, seminar, study trips and a whole range of activities to keep the conference vibrant and attractive.  Of course, it helps that there are so many paying delegates to fund the events – but it’s also a necessity.  Nobody could contemplate travelling up to 3,000 miles across four time zones just to spend one day at a conference...

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Local government is not a part time job

As we approach the local government elections again, I’d like to share one or two thoughts on what I learnt at a recent meeting of town and city mayors in Europe.

I was invited to contribute to the grandly-titled “5th European Congress of Local Governments” in Kraków in April. It lived up to its billing – the modern congress centre was packed for two days...

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

Never be afraid to ask “why?”

When meeting new people, whether formally, socially or by chance, planners are invariably asked what we do. The response is usually straightforward, and we can go to some length in describing what we do, who we do it for and, hopefully, put planning in a positive light at the same time...

By Huw Evans, chair of RTPI Cymru

Wildlife assessment check is simple as it is vital

Whether a development site is in a rural or urban area, it’s vital that wildlife and habitats are considered as a part of the project to avoid habitat loss, fragmentation and the damaging impact of daily human activity on nature. Development sites can put pressure on different habitats, which can threaten vulnerable species that are classified as ‘protected’ and ‘priority’...

By Rosalie Callway

Rebuilding strategic planning in the West Midlands?

The West Midlands is in many ways the cradle of regional strategic planning in England, reaching back to the 1960s.  The current absence of any formal mechanism for such planning is therefore a matter of great concern – and some embarrassment - to many planners in the region (and further afield)...

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Lessons from Hamburg

I was delighted to go to Hamburg on a recent RTPI Study Visit with other members of RTPI Yorkshire Region and Leeds Beckett University. The main objective of the trip was to explore the city from a planning perspective as well as to learn from ongoing projects and regeneration.

As one of Germany's fastest developing cities, Hamburg has to find sufficient space for housing, office and industrial use, as well as improve its urban mobility. It has many ambitious planning policies and projects of relevance to urban design, planning and regeneration practitioners...

By Kirti Chovisia, a recent graduate from University of Sheffield in MA Urban Design and Planning, and is now working at the London Borough of Merton