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RTPI blog round-up: The rebirth of Park Hill, Sheffield

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 8 May-4 June, 2021

The rebirth of Park Hill, Sheffield

I was delighted to visit Park Hill in Sheffield as part of my Yorkshire regional visit.  

The event was hosted by Derek Mckenzie, Chair of the RTPI’s Yorkshire Region. Greg Ball, Senior Development Manager of the award-winning developers Urban Splash gave an insightful talk.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the official opening of Park Hill. At the time of its opening, it was one of the largest council housing estates in the country and the most iconic building in Sheffield...

By Wei Yang FRTPI, president of the RTPI

Wei Yang: A Tale of Two Cities

To celebrate UN International Day of Families on 15 May, I had the privilege of visiting Letchworth Garden City and Milton Keynes as part of a joint Presidential visit to the East of England and South East regions.

Thanks to digital technology, it was a unique opportunity to learn how Letchworth (the first Garden City in the world, founded by Ebenezer Howard in 1903) and Milton Keynes (designated in 1967) have stood the test of time...

By Wei Yang FRTPI, president of the RTPI

What can planners do to promote placemaking principles in Wales? 

It’s been almost eight months since the Placemaking Wales Charter was launched. The reception to the Charter has largely been positive with over 50 organisations already having signed up, including RTPI Cymru, a range of planning and architectural consultancies, local authorities and housebuilders active in Wales.

Similar charters seeking to uphold design quality are well established elsewhere (such as in Cambridgeshire) and are currently being prepared in other regions (such as the West of England) and will likely become more of a feature in the way that we plan, design, deliver and manage places...

By Joe Ayoubkhani, planning associate at Barton Willmore and RTPI Cymru junior vice chair

The role of town planning in protecting mental health

One of the unexpected emotions I have frequently felt since the start of the pandemic is thankful - thankful that I have a comfortable home that I can afford, on a quiet tree-lined street, within walking distance of all the local amenities that I need and with the wonderfulness of Epping Forest at the top of my road.

I have written openly about my mental health in the past, and I do not think I would have coped as well during the pandemic if my living circumstances were different.

I also realise that I am in a fortunate position, and that many are not. In the UK and Ireland, the rates of mental health illness were already high before the pandemic and the health of many has deteriorated over the last 12 months...

By Sarah Lewis MRTPI, RTPI Planning Practice Officer

Hope, leadership and learning with the future

It was quite a phenomenon to watch over 4,000 American planners passionately sharing their experiences and exchanging ideas at the American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference.

With RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills, I attended a number of sessions during the three-day event, and we were both blown away by the positive energy emanating from all who took part.

The Covid-19 outbreak and the murder of George Floyd put America in flames last year, but a sense of hope was clearly evident as planners discussed how to urgently address racial inequalities in the community and proactively plan for the future, even an uncertain one.

By Wei Yang FRTPI, president of the RTP