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RTPI blog round-up: Presidential team’s report to members

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 7 November-4 December, 2020

RTPI presidential team’s report to members - November 2020 

Although much of the UK and Ireland were experiencing tight Covid-19 restrictions for much of the month, this had little impact on the ‘virtual’ world and the work of the RTPI’s presidential team. This report showcases the highlights of this busy month and includes links to a range of recordings from different events that we were part of...

By Sue Manns FRTPI, president of the RTPI

Planning white paper - what is the end goal?

When the government’s white paper on planning reform was launched in August 2020, it was billed as a once in a generation opportunity. It is therefore of considerable surprise that it contains not one single mention of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Despite a commitment by government to the UN’s SDGs, they have not been mainstreamed through the proposed planning reforms...

By Peter Geraghty FRTPI, chair of the Planning Officers’ Society’s Development Management Network and chair of the RTPI’s International Committee

Why we need stronger planning rules to discourage car dependency

Last month Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his 10-point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’ which included the headline grabbing announcement of a ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

But to reduce the carbon impact of our travel, our priority should not just be the wholesale electrification of transport but, as the prime minister has recognised, it should also be to reduce our demand or need to travel and to encourage us to walk and cycle...

By Neil Kitching, author of Carbon Choices

My first year as chair of the East of England Young Planners

When first elected as Young Planners (YP) Chair for the East of England in November 2019, I certainly couldn’t have imagined the successes that would be achieved in my first year in the role.

Having been a member of the Regional Activities Committee (RAC) since 2017, I had already contributed to RTPI activity in the East of England, such as career presentations at our regional planning schools and being a judge for the 2019 Regional Awards...

By Beth Jones, chair of RTPI East of England Young Planners

Out of sight but not out of mind: why we need a better approach to planning utility infrastructure

Investment in London’s utility networks - energy, water and digital - will be essential to help the city recover from Covid-19, achieve net zero carbon, increase resilience to risk, and support new development.

Planners have a key role to play in coordinating this investment to ensure that the right solutions are delivered at the right time. Plan-making creates the potential for a holistic approach, looking at the needs of a particular area and preparing delivery plans to align infrastructure with growth and regeneration. Through development management, planners can also help to coordinate utilities with the phasing of development, and integrate new assets with wider place-making outcomes, such as the design of public realm...

By James Harris, RTPI networks and policy manager