Issue 63 March/April 2011M A G A Z I N E                   O F        T H E         R . T . P . I .               W E S T ...
Message from the Chairman      hank you West Midlands Planning Aid. It   and, particularly, to thank those staff who      ...
West Midlands Landfill Diversion Strategy       dvantage West Midlands won the topA      award in the ‘Spatial Planning Pr...
The High Speed Train (HS2)          e are currently midway through a          The project conjures up all the tensions    ...
What is well understood abroad but            and 16-51% respectively, due to the opening         alignment. The route for...
regeneration schemes if they do not have to                                                                               ...
Editor’s thoughtsA shift in emphasis or a sea change in policy.            Steve Quartermain explains in an               ...
A clash of lifestyles– planning for gypsies and travellers        bout 3 years ago, over the 2008 Easter         A year la...
Cutting Red tape – the sequel to the ‘Front Door’ story       ever has an item in Tripwire attracted              Having n...
Responding to the Recession –how the Institute is coping with the pressures      he 2009 recession has had a major        ...
Managing Environmental Changeat the Rural Urban Fringe:Capturing Institutional Memory from the                      countr...
RTPI WEST MIDLANDS - SUMMER BALL – THE BRITS 8th July 2011 – Botanical Gardens, Birmingham The following awards will be pr...
HOW TO MAKE NOMINATIONS(and using illustrations and examples of projects, if applicable), send your nominations toSue Grif...
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  1. 1. Issue 63 March/April 2011M A G A Z I N E O F T H E R . T . P . I . W E S T M I D L A N D SWest Midlands BRIT AWARDS:Friday 8th July 2011 Inside Chair’s remarks 2 fter the fantastic success of last year’s Tickets for 8th July are now availableA glamorous Oscars Awards party, the RTPI West Midlands is delighted toannounce that this summer all members are from Sue Griffith-Jones on 0121 709 1599 or email westmidlands@rtpi.org.uk Book & pay before the end of May to take advantage of the YPWestmids wins Young Planners Conference 2011 West Midlands Landfill 2 3invited to our very own BRIT Awards Ball for “earlyBrit” rate of £42 per person. Tables of Diversion StrategyPlanning Achievement. Help celebrate ten are also available at £420. Ticket pricesplanning excellence in the region, and join the will increase from 17th June. The High Speed Train (HS2) 4red, blue and white extravaganza on Friday 8 RTPI West Midlands are very grateful toJuly 2011 at the wonderful Birmingham Alliance Planning for taking the lead High Speed Rail lessons 4Botanical Gardens. Partners and guests are sponsorship package, and to GVA, DLA Piper, for strategic planningvery welcome to join us for dinner and dancing No5 Chambers, Place Elements & JMP forand the presentation of regional awards by the taking other sponsorship packages. Editor’s thoughts 7Institute’s President, Richard Summers. The ‘Brits’ will be a black tie event, for the The Localism Bill – 7 In addition to the main award for Planning gentlemen at least, and feel free to accessorize Current progressAchievement (and possible commendations), with some British Sparkle! There’ll be musicthere will be awards for the Best Consultancy, and dancing, good food, warm company and a A clash of lifestyles – 8Best Local Authority, Team of the Year, Young real chance to see the West Midlands at its planning for gypsiesPlanner of the Year and a Special Chairman’s best! See you there! ■ and travellersaward. See inside for details of how to makeyour nomination. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We ‘From Kyoto to 8 anticipate demand will be high for this event. Copenhagen to Cancun’ Cutting Red tape – 9 the sequel to the ‘Front Door’ story Planning Aid England 9 is changing Responding to the 10 Recession – how the Institute is coping with the pressures Free CPD places for 10 unemployed planners An apology. Apologies for the late production of this edition of Tripwire. We wanted to provide Managing Environmental 11 the full details of the BRIT Awards event on Friday 8th July 2011 and have been waiting for the Change at the Rural publicity material to come through. Urban Fringe Editor - John Acres, Ripon Cottage, 5 Manor Road, Kilsby, Near Rugby, Warks, CV23 8XS CPD 11 Work: 01789 203800 • Home: 01788 824343 • Email: acresclark@lineone.net 1 | Mar / Apr
  2. 2. Message from the Chairman hank you West Midlands Planning Aid. It and, particularly, to thank those staff who read chapters of ‘Region and Renaissance’ inT is with a degree of mixed emotions that I am writing this message from theChair. On the 18th March the Planning Aid recently delivered the service under the cloud of uncertainty, speculation and redundancy. respect of the 1980’s push for economic growth and jobs. Clearly, if you work in planning long enough then history reallyWest Midland’s office in Ludgate Hill in Less than a month later, Planning does repeat itself!Birmingham formally closed as part of the Minister Greg Clark announced that the RTPI On other matters in the Region,rolling wind-down of the Planning Aid and Planning Aid London have been awarded preparations for the Summer Ball & RegionalEngland Service. This brings to an end a £1million to deliver a community planning Awards event at the Botanical Gardens,dedicated West Midlands Service that for service to support neighbourhoods in Birmingham on the 8th July are going wellover four decades has focussed on helping England. This is obviously great news for and we hope that this year’s event will be thecommunities and disadvantaged groups Planning Aid, but what does it mean for the best yet. We have already secured significantengage with the planning system. West Midlands and the other regions of sponsorship for the event and I am grateful I would like to record my personal England? One thing is clear, the level of to all those companies, including my ownappreciation and thanks to all those funding secured means that the Planning Aid Alliance Planning, who are supporting theprofessionals and volunteers who have England Service going forward will not be event this year. The increased sponsorshipworked so hard to make the West Midlands regionally based and there will be no specific means that we can keep the ticket prices inPlanning Aid Service (WMPAS) so successful co-ordinator based in the West Midlands. line with last year and provide a few little In common with other RTPI Regions, I extras for your money. If you have not feel that it is important for RTPI West booked your tickets please do so soon and Midlands to maintain a strong link between preferably before the end of May to take the changing Planning Aid Service and the advantage of the reduced ‘early bird’ rate – planners in the region who are the life-blood another way we are helping members during of the service, namely, the volunteers. these challenging times. Accordingly, the RTPI West Midlands Other good news in April was the Regional Activities Committee has set up a confirmation from RTPI that YP West West Midlands Planning Aid Sub-Group. This Midland’s bid to bring the National Young group will assist Planning Aid England by Planners Conference to Birmingham on the providing local knowledge in respect of 21st and 22nd October has been accepted. community planning in the West Midlands. I This is wonderful news. May I offer my believe that this group should have as broad personal congratulations to Laura Smith, Jo a membership of professional planners as Hooper and all the young planners involved possible, so if anyone is interested in joining with this proposal. Watch this space for more the sub-group, do please contact me. details. But the changes to the Planning Aid Finally, it just leaves me to remind you Service are not the only issue that have all that the RTPI West Midlands AGM will be touched planning and our region in recent held on the 23rd May at the Old Joint Stock in months. The Chancellor’s budget on the 23rd Birmingham when our guest speaker will be March had a feeling of ‘Back to the Future’ the Chief Executive of the RTPI, Trudi Elliott. If about it, with the introduction of two you have any questions, complaints or issues Enterprise Zones in the West Midlands, about the working of your Institute then focussed on the Black Country and East please come along a put your question direct Birmingham & Solihull, together with to the Chief Executive on the night. confirmation that a ‘presumption in favour of As always, I should very much welcome sustainable development’ will be included in your views and ideas on the RTPI and RTPI the forthcoming National Planning Policy West Midlands and in particular any Framework. suggestions as to how we can assist members Recognition of the specific regeneration during this difficult period. Please feel free to and employment issues associated with email me at: mw@alliance-plan.co.uk ■ these parts of our Region is welcomed but I fear we have seen this “just say yes” style of Mark Walton planning before. Such thoughts led me to re- Chair, RTPI West MidlandsHot off the press... Hot off the Press... Hot off the press...YPWestmids Wins Young Planners Conference 2011 he National Young Planners theme Planning for Growth . The about current issues facing planning from aT Conference is the biggest event of the year aimed at Young Planners.Following a successful bid from YPwestmids, conference will be held at Birmingham Council House on 21 - 22 October 2011. The Conference Dinner will be held of Friday 20 wide range of high quality speakers. Watch this space! ■this year’s conference will take place in October at the Burlington Hotel. The Laura SmithBirmingham and will be centred around the conference offers the opportunity to learn Chair YPwestmids2 | Mar / Apr
  3. 3. West Midlands Landfill Diversion Strategy dvantage West Midlands won the topA award in the ‘Spatial Planning Projects’ Category for their work in devising aWaste Strategy for the region in the RoyalTown Planning Institute, National PlanningAwards held in London in January. The aim ofthe Strategy is to divert waste away fromlandfill and create green jobs for the regionas part of a low carbon economy. The West Midlands faces a growingshortfall in waste treatment capacity whichurgently needs to be addressed if we are tomake the most of opportunities for growthand avoid adding to the cost burden of localcompanies. By 2020 the region will need tomanage 3.7 million tonnes more waste eachyear than it can currently handle withoutrelying on disposal at landfill sites which areinherently unsustainable and have dwindling In making the award, the RTPI Judges test will be how much it gets used andcapacity. Waste disposal is estimated to have commented that: “The approach brings a clear endorsed now through the planning systemcost businesses in the West Midlands about and consistent methodology that helps to and how much regard local politicians havefour per cent of turnover in 2007, equivalent breed confidence in the planning process. The to it when making decisions.”to more than £250 million. Cumulative quality of the professional work involved in the Looking forward, the West Midlandsincreases in Landfill Tax of £8 per tonne of development of planning concepts, benefits from one of the longest establishedwaste per year could see this grow to six per implementation of the analysis and formulation technical officer groups on waste planning,cent by 2012. of the strategy has been excellent.” now known as the ‘Resource Technical The Landfill Diversion Strategy provides The project was carried out by SLR Advisory Body for Waste (RTAB). Workinga ground-breaking solution and is the first Consulting (Alban Forster, technical director) with the Waste and Resources Actionplan of its kind to be published in the UK. It and DTZ (Richard Howard, director) and was Programmelan (WRAP), RTAB is working tocan easily be replicated across the UK. managed by a steering group of support the application of the LandfillThe Strategy provides a GIS-based Location organisations including: Advantage West Diversion Strategy as part of the on-goingAssessment Tool which shows how, where Midlands (Tim Baldwin, energy and waste development and implementation of localand what type of key waste and recycling manager), Ecolateral (Peter Jones, authority waste development plans and byinfrastructure can be deployed to help divert consultant); Staffordshire County Council industry and potential investors as part ofwaste away from landfill. For any single point (Bruce Braithwaite MRTPI, strategic waste preparing and assessing potentiallocation in the West Midlands, the tool can policy officer); the Regional Technical development opportunities. The groupidentify and map opportunities and Advisory Body for Waste (RTAB) (Chairman: includes about thirty representatives fromconstraints for waste infrastructure Adrian Cooper, Shropshire Council) and Biffa across a range of sectors: local authorities,development. This allows ‘hotspots’ of Waste Services (Jeff Rhodes, planning the waste industry, government bodies andopportunity to be identified, including the manager). the third sector. It was first established inability to match potential sites with the most Jeff Rhodes, planning manager at Biffa about 1995 to provide co-ordination andappropriate waste technologies or a series of Waste Services commented that: “Biffa strategic advice on waste and resourcelocations suited to a specific type of facility. A referred to this strategy in support of its management issues in the West Midlands. Aseries of detailed maps and location successful planning application for our new growing scarcity of specialised technical staffshortlists can be generated as part of 120Ktpa anaerobic digestion plant at in Waste Planning Authorities, together withstrategic planning for individual local Cannock and it also endorses our current the scale of the landfill diversion challengeauthority areas, or as part of a wider planning application for an Energy Recovery and the forthcoming ‘Duty to Co-operate’,strategic approach to inform the actions of Facility on adjacent land, although we are mean that it is now more relevant than ever.Local Enterprise Partnerships at the ‘greater still awaiting the outcome of that application. Application of the Strategy will supportthan local level’. As with all such development tools, the acid the development of stronger links between the waste and recycling industry, regeneration industries and local businesses. It is intended to act as a catalyst for change in the West Midlands, creating a receptive environment for waste technologies as well as positioning the area as a location of choice for waste businesses and developers. Recognition of the economic, as well as environmental cost of waste can help challenge negative perceptions and foster opportunities for local enterprise. The objective is for resource management and recycling facilities to become seen as a form of essential infrastructure for business, as well as an economic growth sector in its own right. ■ 3 | Mar / Apr
  4. 4. The High Speed Train (HS2) e are currently midway through a The project conjures up all the tensions were ultimately defeated by the need forW Public consultation on the Government’s draft proposals for aHigh Speed Railway, from London to which are inherent in so many major planning decisions – what is good for the national interest may not necessarily be greater capacity and excessive costs. In this issue we publish a Feature Article by Andy Cowan, who has explored the meritsBirmingham – and beyond. The Consultation good for the local interest, whether a of HS2, using experience from both Britainperiod started at the end of February 2011 financial and economic benefit in one area and Europe. In our next issue, we hope toand ends on 29th July 2011. can reasonably offset an environmental give space to the opposing viewpoints on This is probably the largest (albeit impact in another and above all whether the HS2, before the Consultation period ends inmaybe the only) major infrastructure project country should be promoting high speed rail July. We would however welcome commentsto affect the West Midlands region, but it as an answer to long distance travel as an from members so that the West Midlandscouldn’t be more important for both alternative to air travel or the private car – or Region can respond to RTPI at Botolph Laneplanners, for the regional economy and for is ‘HS2’ the equivalent of ‘Concorde’, an with our own angle on this very importantmany local communities. example where excessive speed and expense topic. ■High Speed Rail lessons for strategic planning our decades in Planning have taught me certainly fail a 21st century environmental the West Midlands economy catch up withF that the freedom to say what you think is only as valuable as your ability tothink about what you’re going to say. But I impact / sustainability appraisal). They were, instead, the result of overriding and converging strategic forces that led to the the South East” 2 This reflects the long held Whitehall view that the regions are not pulling their weight in the nationaldon’t detect too much thinking behind the creation of a financial and military economy. 3 And a more recent study providesdebate about high speed rail (HSR) over the infrastructure on which was grown a vast the evidence that GVA declines withpast year. And I’m not holding my breath as trading and colonial empire.Done today, the increasing travel time from London.4‘pro’ and ‘anti’ lobbies lock horns in the narrow business cases for both would be HSR networks have been built or arecurrent public consultation on the HS2 i.e. overwhelming (i.e. slavery and subjugation planned in France, Germany, Belgium, thethe Coalition Government’s proposals to link apart). Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, India,from London to Birmingham – as part of a The consultation opened by Transport Turkey, Japan, Russia, Poland and the USA,HSR network extending to Manchester and Secretary Philip Hammond MP on 28 (6 networks). The business cases deployedLeeds (see map). February 2011 confirms the Coalition are network wide, capturing the big Putting the deluge of rhetoric aside, Government’s commitment to a HSR network citymarkets 150-750 km apart (i.e. too longthere is a rush to judgement about the in UK from which, if confirmed by Parliament, for the car, too short for the plane) – this isoperational environmental and economic future Westminster administrations are the prevailing economic geography that wecosts and benefits – as if the (impossible) unlikely to renege. Signalling its ignore at our peril.To our competitors HSRtask of counting them would produce a interpretation of ‘localism’ in relation to local signals a new era in surface transportdecision that future generations could authorities and pressure groups, this making, for example, Europe a much smallerapplaud.Major national infrastructure Government is set to change the way UK place5. It is to rail travel what the jumbo-jetdecisions are never made on this basis governments do business – and this shows has been to inter-continental air travel with,without the strategic context of economic up in its approach to HSR – with some arguably, much greater potential forand political forces already pointing in the uncomfortable implications for local cementing international ties and much lesssame direction. For example, if there had government and important lessons for embarrassment to global climate changebeen business cases produced for the strategic planners. obligations.establishment of the Bank of England in the First, culture is important: During the A review of research into HSR networkslate 17th century or forthe mid-19th century prolonged machinations over HS1 – the (not in Japan, France, Germany Spain and ItalyUK railway network they would not have so high speed) rail link from London to the points to economic geography being thestack-up financially. (Of course, they would Channel Tunnel - Jeremy Paxman was overriding factor with benefits largely observing in his book “The English”, that if accruing to the big cities and the places in the French Government “wants to build a between actually suffering.6 But there are railway line or a power station it wills the differences in approach: the French use HSR means, no matter whose back garden it to maintain the centralisation of the French happens to be in.” He goes on to add, by way economy in Paris whilst the Germans aim to of contrast “ (and) the English not only won’t even-out economic opportunity and raise the taxes to make it happen, but hold accessibility across their 7 or 8 main cities. planning inquiries at which every objection Consequently, in France the HSR lines are from Dunroamin can be weighed.” 1 That may separated from the existing network and so now be about to change. tend to skirt densely populated areas, Over a decade on, all the UK’s main muting the potential for local objection. On competitors believe – rightly or wrongly – the other hand, to spread the transport and that HSR networks are essential to be able to economic benefits the Germans try to compete effectively in the 21st century global integrate their HSR into the existing network. economy. Like its predecessor, the Coalition However, this well-intended strategy means Government believes that “a high speed rail penetrating densely populated areas where link from London to Birmingham would help they encounter more local protest.4 | Mar / Apr
  5. 5. What is well understood abroad but and 16-51% respectively, due to the opening alignment. The route for consultation is nowhardly grasped in the UK by Churchill’s of HSR lines along these routes. further away from the small village‘island race’ is that HSR networks create their Moreover, HSR lines are not like residences of the most vocal protesters butown viability by providing affordable mass motorways or classic railway lines that can closer to the larger settlements of the lesstransit in line with the economic geography be planned by (in effect) draping a piece of vocal. And it is this pre-consultation tweakingof the times and then go on to dictate a new string across a map, pushing it this way and that has left local authorities struggling toeconomic geography.HSR is not just a faster that to avoid settlements and designated find a legitimate way to influence theversion of our current ‘classic’ railways – it’s a landscapes. But with a minimum horizontal process. Most directly affected rural councilsdifferent mode of transport. The capacity of radius of 8km, HSR lines are the equivalent have already objected to HS2 on a variety ofone HS2 train is the equivalent of three of piano wire – move it in one place to predictable grounds – if only to get the anti-jumbo jets (i.e. 1100 passengers) – not that placate protesters and further up and down HS2 lobby off their backs until May 2011 localthey are used on short-haul routes for the line it infringes the sensitivities of people elections are over7. Unsurprisingly ‘big city’obvious financial reasons. And for in other places. So introducing twists and councils in London and Birmingham havecomparative travel time-times we only have turns in the route or peppering it with given HS2 an unequivocal welcome,ignoringto reflect on the fact that gate-to-gate times ‘station-stops’ would end up taking the ‘high or side-lining the risks to particular cityfrom Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle have speed’ out of HSR. businesses (e.g. overnight hotel stays) and ofincreased by 40% over the past 30 years. Major infrastructure projects have their intensified competition for businessOver the 150-750 km range, the gap is own unique characteristics that define their relocations.closing all the time with HSR squeezing out own constituency for solution. So, for me, the Clearly, middle class pressure to rationshort-haul flights plying the same routes e.g. ‘constituency’ for HS2 was defined in access to cherished locations is still aParis –Lyon (1981-84) air traffic’s modal share December 2010 when Transport Secretary political force to reckon with - in thefell from 31% to 7%; Madrid-Seville (1991-94) Philip Hammond responded to the private UK.Tucking Philip Hammond’s ‘tweaks’ underair traffic fell from 40% to 13%. Rail traffic lobbying of local MPs, by making just a few their belts, the well-shod anti-HS2 lobby hasshare increased in these cases, by 40-72% ‘tweaks’ to the proposed original HS2 shifted focus towards national financial issues, gelling otherwise disparate opposition around the slogan that tax payers will be left to foot the bill for this ‘white elephant’. A similar disposition was evident in the 19th century when the great and good ‘railed’ against development of the original classic railway network8. And it reared its head again when jumbo jets opened up Caribbean and similar exotic holiday locations to the masses and later as ‘no-frills’ airlines made trips to the likes of Tuscany, Provence and Prague affordable for almost everyone.The same pressure now seems to underlie current arguments in favour of alternative HS2 routes along existing motorway and classic rail corridors - the environments there are already degraded so a bit more doesn’t matter. Accepting the principle of HSR – as many ‘anti’ HS2 people do – but not the detail ignores the ‘piano- wire’ nature of HSR and is really saying ‘it’s a good idea – but for somewhere else please’. Ostensibly, the Coalition Government is striving for the same equality of opportunity that drives the German approach to HSR. Its HS2 proposal includes connections to theWhat the new train might look like if plans proceed. classic network with half of the train fleet 5 | Mar / Apr
  6. 6. regeneration schemes if they do not have to accepted out-migration of the more independent households to jobs in better-off locations when those households can commute to work there by HSR and still live, spend and invest back home. And it doesn’t stop there. The scope for directing funding and ownership control to environmental management regimes (of the sort piloted by HS1) has to be enormous compared with what is currently available from DEFRA and EA. The challenge (and I don’t mean ‘problem’) for strategic planners will be to suspend those judgements that cannot be made now and will have to be left to future generations –persuading their employers of the wisdom of doing so – and at the same time resisting the current preoccupation with taking sides first and then trying to justify choices later.Good luck! Andy Cowan, BA (HON), MRTPI, is a former County Planner, now living in Rugby, Warwickshire. He has over 40 years’ experience of local government, leading work on a wide range of major developmentAnti and pro campaign literature. proposals, including national infrastructure projects. ■engineered to be able to run on both high few if any councils will have the resources tospeed and classic railway lines. But this is make a decisive influence on the References:just skin deep. The basic principle of HS2 is Parliamentary debate. Of course, (if and)to skirt all but the very largest centres of when the Bill is enacted, local authorities 1. Paxman, J. ‘The English – A Portrait of apopulation with on-route connections to just will be left the thankless task of acting as People’, 1998, Penguin, pp. 132-133.the biggest city destinations from new brokers in the inevitable disputes over the 2. Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of Stateinterchange stations (at Old Oak Common in minutia of local road and footpath for Transport, quoted by BBC Online, 24West London and the National Exhibition diversions, colours of noise barriers, etc. February 2011.Centre just east of Birmingham). Extension Meanwhile,as strategic planning leaves 3. “Competitiveness and Productivity inof the network to Manchester and Leeds will the purview of local authorities - bound no the UK 3 – the Regional Dimension”.continue these principles – displaying all the doubt for a variety of public, private, and HM Treasury, London 2001.separate and dedicated features of the independent voluntary sector organisations - 4. Martin Boddy, John Hudson, AnthonyFrench system, probably with similar there’s still a job for strategic planners, Plumridge and Don J. Webber.economic and political centralising wherever they are working. In the spirit of “Regional Productivity Differentials:tendencies. the authors of the 1947 Town & Country Explaining the Gap”. Faculty of the Built The stark reality is that the speed and Planning Act, let’s hope they can aim to Environment, University of the West ofdirection of HSR network development in the provide for the development needs of England, Bristol & Department ofUK is already out of local hands. Central society in a balanced way – not try to Economics, University of Bath. Regionalgovernment has taken a tight grip on both determine them beyond our capacity to Studies (Special Edition) 2004. p.14.the finance and the politics of HSR - and gauge the implications. We need a clear 5. Daily Mail. “Deutsche Bahn sendssince ‘finance is the gun and politics is understanding of the nature of HSR, what it 200mph ICE3 train to London”; 20thknowing when to pull the trigger’ - it will be means and how those implications that we October 2010.taking all the major decisions more or less can measure could be steered towards 6. Albalate, D. & Bel, G. “High Speed Railunaided by the rest of us.9 Like the French, achieving the objectives of our different – Lessons for Policy Makers fromwe might as well get used to it. organisations. Experiences Abroad”. Barcelona So the prospect is grim for local It occurs to me that HSR offers a lot of University - Research Institute ofauthorities - torn between short term opportunities for strategic planners to Applied Economics; Working Paperpolitical imperatives (the up-coming exercise their skills. You don’t have to be a (2010/03).elections) and long term economic realities genius to figure out that, for example, just in 7. Townsend, S. “Town halls link to fight(e.g. HSR will happen sooner or later). terms of HS2 construction, an injection of as rail route”. ‘Planning Resource’ 14 JanExcluding them from the ‘behind the scenes little as £3 billion in the West Midlands 2011.discussions’ that led to the December 2010 economy over a 10 year construction period 8. Sir Peter Hall. “Rail worries are typicallypre-consultation revisions sends the clear dwarfs anything that the former Regional English”; ‘Planning’ 14 Jan 2011.message that local authorities are not Development Agency could offer to 9. Observation made by the fictionalregarded as part of the HSR ‘constituency for stimulate economic growth over the past 10 character, Don Lucchesi, Vaticansolution’. And the Hybrid Bill process means years. Likewise, the on-going operational Finance Chief, made to the fictionalthat there will be no public inquiry at which expenditure will be much greater than could character Michael Corleone incouncils can demonstrate their technical and be attributed to the largest of existing (or ‘Godfather III’. Film directed by Francispolitical superiority in local issues. They can, past) industrial enterprises. There are clear Ford Coppola (1990).like anyone, respond to the consultation but opportunities to re-invigorate failing6 | Mar / Apr
  7. 7. Editor’s thoughtsA shift in emphasis or a sea change in policy. Steve Quartermain explains in an Some will say these initiatives are not before accompanying letter, entitled ‘Planning for time, if we are going to climb out of the his year’s budget was heralded as a ‘Plan Growth’ the Ministerial Statements can paralysis which planning has suffered in theT for Growth’ – not unusual perhaps – they often are! But this time the tone, contentand presentation were very different. now be regarded as a ‘material consideration’ in decision making. last few years. Others may argue that we have heard all this before, with the attempt by the Thatcher Government in the early 1980’s to The tone was up-beat and determined, These inter-connected statements provide the boost the economy through streamlining thereflecting the urgency of a Chancellor desperate clearest indication that the Government really planning system and relaxing controls.to break loose from the current recession. The means business this time and that planning However, these are far-reaching changes whichcontent of the Budget speech was accompanied must become the solution not the problem in have been greeted with some scepticism by theby an integrated package of measures stimulating growth. Indeed, against a National RTPI President, Richard Summers. In adesigned to kick-start the development background where the first quarter statistics strongly worded statement, he warned of aindustry and shake off, what the Coalition see, show a 5% fall in construction activity, against a nation where ‘in a decade we will end up withas the shackles of planning. Above all, the modest 0.5% growth in the economy, an England of ‘tin sheds, Legoland housingpresentation was carefully planned, development is now seen as a high priority in and US style shopping malls’. In truth, if itchoreographed and integrated, with stimulating the economy. takes a decade to achieve more economicsynchronised presentations from George More specifically, the Budget Statement development, then I suspect the CoalitionOsborne (the Chancellor), Vince Cable contains measures to:- Government will feel it has failed. They want it(Business Secretary), Greg Clark (Minister for delivered sooner.Decentralisation) and Eric Pickles (Communities • Impose a new ‘presumption in favour of But in the context of the philosophy ofSecretary), all saying much the same thing – we sustainable development’, except in areas ‘localism’ where local people are expected toneed growth!. covered by clear protectionist policies have a greater say in the future of their The messages from each were as follows:- such as Green belt and AONB, communities, this strong centralist tone sends • Introduce a strongly pro-growth National a sharp reminder to local authorities that it is• That from now on the default response to Planning Policy Statement, Government which makes the key decisions, as new development should be ‘yes’, unless • Change permitted development rights, well as providing the resources (for example the proposal undermines essential including the freedom to change the use through New Homes’ Bonus). Hence the ‘sustainability principles’ – this is the of empty office buildings and warehouses freedom to say ‘no’ to poorly designed or foretaste of the long awaited to residential development, inappropriate development (as well as ‘presumption in favour of sustainable • Encourage local authorities to review S106 sustainable development) has just become development’. agreements, where viability is hampering much harder.• That the planning system is focused on developers from delivering schemes which These statements will provide a clear supporting economic growth and recovery would create jobs and investment, signal to local councils, developers and the to help rebuild the British economy, • Extend the Neighbourhood Planning Inspectorate that the Government now means• That local authorities should press ahead model to businesses to reduce the need business – in more ways than one. But the key without delay in producing Local for planning consents, test of course, will be how the Minister Development Plans, speeding up the • Remove so-called arbitrary targets, responds to the more politically sensitive delivery of applications and assisting in including the current brown-field target for appeals and called-in decisions where he has facilitating new homes and jobs, and the delivery of land for residential to make difficult and often unpopular above all. development, decisions. It will be then when we discover• That the new initiatives and policy stance • Offer a 12 month guarantee to developers whether this is a genuine sea change, or just a should apply with immediate effect. As for the approval of planning applications, storm in a tea-cup. ■The Localism Bill – Current progress he Second Reading of the Localism Bill Since then, between 25th January and • how might the business communityT took place on 17th January 2011. Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary,introduced the Bill by indicating that it would:- 10th March the Localism Bill has passed through its Committee stage, with the Committee considering a whole range of • should get involved in Neighbourhood planning, and who should qualify as an Independent‘reverse the centralist creep of decades and amendments from members. In some areas the Examiner of future Neighbourhood Plans.replace it with local control’. He described it as Government has agreed to re-consider aspects‘a triumph for democracy over bureaucracy’. of the Bill, for example; These and other matters will now be Shadow Communities Secretary, Caroline considered by the Government before it returnsFlint, argued that ‘the Bill would not • whether local authorities should need to to the Report stage (at a date yet to berevolutionise local politics, empower the have an up to date development plan in announced) and moves on to its Third Reading.masses to shake up their Towns Halls or place by the end of 2012 after which the It will then be referred to the House of Lordsreinvigorate local democracy’. She reiterated presumption in favour of Sustainable later this year before returning to thethe words of the Business Secretary in saying Development would apply, Commons, probably in the next session for anythat ‘it is a Bill which is not thought through’. • whether Community Infrastructure Levy further amendments. It is not expected thatAbove all, she said, ‘it empowers one person – Payments should be available for the Bill will receive Royal Assent untilthe Secretary of State’. affordable housing, sometime in 2012. ■ 7 | Mar / Apr
  8. 8. A clash of lifestyles– planning for gypsies and travellers bout 3 years ago, over the 2008 Easter A year later, a representative of the for Gypsies and Travellers, the implications ofA period, gypsies moved onto land which they had acquired beside the Fosse Way,near Shipston on Stour. Within 4 days, they had gypsies, Noah Burton, has appealed against the Enforcement Notice and the first 5 days of the 2 week Public Inquiry were held in the new Consultation Paper on Gypsies and Travellers and the outcome of the Meriden case and what it means for gypsies and localbuilt fences, laid hard-core, installed cables March – the second week of the Inquiry is communities.and water pipes the established a small due in July. If anyone has direct experience of thiscommunity of caravans – all without planning In a future issue, Tripwire will be issue, do please contact the editor. ■consent. I suspect many people were thinking, exploring the changing climate on Planningif only one could find builders who were thatquick and efficient! Today the gypsy site still remains andseems to have become established. Itattracted particular publicity at the time,because it was within sight of Tessa Jowell’scountry home, although she later clarified itbelonged to her estranged husband, DavidMills – and it was his problem. Two years later a similar situationoccurred, this time at Meriden in Warwickshire,in Carol Spelman’s Constituency. Once again,gypsies moved in, over the 2010 Easter periodand settled on a green belt site next to theA45. However, this time, things have beenrather more fraught and the battle lines havebeen drawn. Local people have formed aresistance group ‘Residents AgainstInappropriate Development’ (RAID) and thelocal authority, Solihull MBC, has takenenforcement action against the development. Noah Burton.‘From Kyoto to Copenhagen to Cancun’ s there a parallel between the shift in the global poverty. He believed that Climate whatever their personal, political,I world’s attitude to climate change and the movement from globalism to localism? This seemed to be the central theme in Change policy needed to co-exist with economic growth – that both mitigation and adaptation were legitimate environmental professional or philosophical motives. But he warned about reading too much into climate change statistics and thea thought provoking lecture held at Aston objectives. dangers of taking them at face value.University, in Birmingham, delivered by Dr The Kyoto Accord set ambitious ‘top- Evidently over past years, the developedDouglas Crawford – Brown, Executive down’ targets (in much the same way as our world has shown a steady reduction in CO2Director at the Dept of Land Economy in last Labour Government imposed hurdles and emissions, implying that the programme forCambridge University and also Emeritus targets). These were imposed on regional climate change reduction is on target. ButProfessor of Environmental Science and and local authorities through legislation and this has largely been as a result of the shiftPolicy at the University of North Carolina. formal codes within member countries and in manufacturing activity from Europe and The common belief amongst the hence became a burden rather than a benefit. America to China and south-east Asia. Weenvironmental fraternity is that Copenhagen In contrast the Copenhagen Accord don’t make things anymore – and thereforeAccord in 2009 made little progress beyond introduced market opportunities, identified we require less energy and burn less fuel.the targets and objectives agreed in the actions and offered incentives in a ‘bottom On the big questions however; To whatKyoto Protocol in 1997 which were fine tuned up’ process so that local communities and extent is mankind responsible for climateby the Marrakesh Accord in 2001 and came authorities were encouraged to change change? and When will it all end? Drinto force in 2005. But Dr Crawford Brown behaviour and introduce a ‘green market’. Crawford Brown was less forthright. Climateviewed things somewhat differently. Once again he saw parallels with our change he said will happen anyway, but it is He argued that perhaps 60% of people current planning system. The Kyoto Protocol better to try and reduce CO2 emissions andattending the Copenhagen Conference was equivalent to adopting a strategy, minimise ones environmental impact as bestarrived with a political agenda to stifle whereas the Copenhagen Accord was we can. Like many peoples’ attitude toeconomic growth as a means of attacking consistent with delivering a strategy. Kyoto believing in God, it may not make acapitalism, believing that curbing was about regulation, imposition and difference, but it just might. ■consumption would halt or at least reduce assertion, whilst Copenhagen was aboutclimate change. In fact, he argued it simply bringing people and organisations together John Acreshampered the third world and exacerbated to facilitate the reduction of climate change – Editor8 | Mar / Apr
  9. 9. Cutting Red tape – the sequel to the ‘Front Door’ story ever has an item in Tripwire attracted Having now taken the advice of the local Broderick who lives in a 16C listed cottage inN quite as much interest as the story in the last edition about my front door.As an example of ‘red tape’ I explained how Conservation Officer (many thanks Meg), to repair and re-paint the door, rather than replace it, I have since discovered that I am not alone. Stockport in Cheshire. Evidently, finding himself in an identical situation – having to replace a rotten and ill-fitting door which heour very helpful Conservation Officer had I have recently been sent a news item felt was a target for burglars, he replaced thespelled out the requirement for a full Design from a regular Daily Mail reader about a Mr white door with a new one of a similar design& Access Statement, together with plans, only to find himself with the threat of aelevations, (before and after), photographs, £20,000 fine.application forms and certificates (all in Sadly the new door was regarded asquadruplicate) for, yes, replacing a front ‘out of keeping’ with the property since itdoor to our listed cottage. contained a glass panel slightly different in Fellow planners now frequently greet design from the old one – a feature the 72me with the question – ‘How’s your front year old pensioner preferred because hedoor’? or ‘Have you got that door replaced could check on visitors before opening theyet’? door. Mr Broderick then faced enforcement action, against which he appealed, but lost the case. Now he has spent a further £400 buying another replacement door. The Council suggested that he could have fitted a better lock and bolt if he wanted to improve security. A clear case of closing the door before it is bolted! Meanwhile, the ‘front door’ story seems to have stirred growing interest in Government circles, where a new purge has started against ‘red tape’ with a new ‘one in, one out’ policy and a new consultation paper on examining the duties of local authorities. It is surely only a matter of time before a white paper emerges on ‘Streamlining the Planning System’. ■ John AcresPlanning Aid England is changing n 13th April 2011 Planning Minister Greg A central telephone advice-line will be individuals and community groups isO Clark announced that the RTPI and Planning Aid London have beenawarded £1million to deliver a community available to both individuals and communities and will be staffed by experienced planning advisors based in London. Every caller will be continued. Clearly, the new structure places much greater emphasis on the role of our volunteers and I think it is imperative to theplanning service to support neighbourhoods in offered 15 minutes of ‘free’ advice, with more on-going success of Planning Aid that existingEngland. This is the maximum grant award that complex calls from those who meet the and potential volunteers continue to activelythe Dept of Communities & Local Government eligibility criteria (based primarily on income) engage with the Service going forward.(CLG) said that any single organisation would being passed to volunteers. Other callers will Planning Aid needs you!receive, so congratulations to everyone at the be signposted to sources of advice, for The funding from CLG is for a 12 monthRTPI who has worked on securing this bid and example planning consultancies. A Project period. There is currently no certainty that thatto all the volunteers whose experience of Manager and volunteer manager will also be funding will be extended into future years so itworking with the disadvantaged and ‘hard to based in London. is important that the Service is seen to deliverreach’ was a key part of the bid. A team of ‘outreach coordinators’ will be on its objectives in the next year. Therefore, if The Planning Aid Service will continue to home based and their role will be to support you are an existing volunteer, please getdeal with individual cases, but the community planning initiatives within the actively involved now and offer whatever timeneighbourhood planning role will be focused agreed areas of deprivation. The co- you can. If you are not a Planning Aid volunteeron areas of known economic and social ordinators will liaise with volunteers and then please consider joining up.deprivation across England, (ie. the bottom arrange community planning events, but it The contact number for the Planning Aid20% most deprived areas) rather than the will be volunteers who deliver the advice and advice-line and volunteering is 0330 123existing RTPI regional structure. assistance. 9244. ■ Delivery details are still to be finalised This represents a very different ‘Planningwith CLG, but we understand that the Aid’ model from the one we have had Mark WaltonPlanning Aid Advice Service will in the future previously but it does ensure that the provision Chair, RTPI West Midlandswill be operated centrally from Botolph Lane. of free, independent and professional advice to 9 | Mar / Apr
  10. 10. Responding to the Recession –how the Institute is coping with the pressures he 2009 recession has had a major trips. We have expanded the use of made redundant. More recently, (as you willT effect throughout the UK and the RTPI has also felt the impact of thedownturn. As an organisation, the Institute teleconference and online meeting technology. The RTPI has also revisited our suppliers and looked for improved value and more cost read elsewhere is this edition), the Institute has been successful in securing a £1million grant for Planning Aid over the coming yearhas seen its revenues fall considerably and in effective solutions – for example, this led to to assist in the Government’s Neighbourhooda similar fashion to many other similar cheaper contracts for printing services. Support Programme. Whilst the transition toorganisations we have had to make hard It is not only in the bigger costs that we a smaller Planning Aid service is very hard,choices to ensure that we can continue to have sought to make savings but also in the the Institute is committed to making sure wedeliver services to members and to assist the detail. We have found more cost effective can provide a financially viable service. Laternext generation of planners. lunches for committees, timed meetings to in 2011 we will see the RTPI looking to find Helping our members at this difficult avoid peak time fares, used cheaper venues new ways of delivering Planning Aid Englandtime has been a key priority for the RTPI. or hosted smaller meetings, all helping to and rethinking our financial models.Since 2008 we have frozen subscription keep the Institute’s costs down. The drive for improved value for moneyrates, with 2011 now being the third year in The RTPI has additionally taken a long in the Institute will continue. The RTPI willwhich there has been a nil subscription rate hard look at recruitment. Since 2009 we have not only rigorously scrutinise and questionrises. We have also developed our ‘Planners had a freeze on creating new posts and as all expenditure, but we are also looking atin the Workplace’ programme which offers members of staff have moved on we have ways of growing our income and ensuringsupport and advice to planners facing considered whether their job could be that our subscription structure is the rightredundancy or difficulties at work and we outsourced or combined with another role. In model. At the same time the RTPI ishave expanded the number of free and low this way, over the last three years we have expanding the number of events that we havecost events available to our members. managed to make the Institute leaner and on offer. We are investing in new IT systems However, freezing subscription rates more efficient. and improving our procedures to make us asdoesn’t mean that we can freeze inflation and One of the biggest financial changes for cost effective as possible.the RTPI has been working hard to make sure the RTPI is the Coalition Government’s The RTPI is a membership organisationthat we live within our income. Not only have decision not to renew the ‘Planning Aid and we want to make sure that we usewe faced tightening subscription income we England’ grant after the 31 March 2011. This members’ money as effectively as possible.have also seen declining revenues from our grant was worth £3.6million and supported In difficult economic times we have lookedcommercial activities such as advertising over 60 staff. As members are no doubt again at how we do things and found savingsjobs in ‘Planning’ magazine and event aware the RTPI has had to reduce the scope whilst maintaining standards. We willincome from RTPI Conferences. of Planning Aid England and unfortunately continue to make sure we spend your money In order to maintain services we recently close many of the regional offices. wisely and look at new opportunities toundertook a comprehensive review of all RTPI Consequently Planning Aid staff are being improve the RTPI. ■activities with the aim of finding savingswherever possible. As a target we askedmost Institute departments to find 5%savings. In 2009 we found £400k worth ofsavings and in 2010 we managed to find anadditional £200k worth of cost reductions.However, those departments critical todelivering frontline member services such asthe ‘Regions and Nations’ had their budgetsprotected so that they could continueproviding low cost CPD. We have found savings in a number ofdifferent areas, for example we looked at ourtravel budget and made sure that all journeyswere strictly necessary and members alwaysbuy advance tickets. Where possible we havecombined meetings to reduce the number ofFree CPD places for unemployed planners n our Sept/Oct 2010 issue we announced colleagues as well as keeping up to date with a special case and deserve extra help inI that in response to the current recession, for the whole of 2011 we would be offeringfree CPD places for selected events in order to planning during these difficult times. We are trying this out as an experiment, but we hope that it will become permanent. getting back into work. ■ If you need further details, please contact Suehelp those, who through no fault of their own, There are already concessions at RTPI events Griffith Jones, Regional Co-ordinator on 0121are currently unemployed. This is intended to for students and retired planners but we feel 709 1599 or westmidlandsbranch@rtpi.org.ukhelp planners keep in touch with their that those planners who are unemployed are10 | Mar / Apr
  11. 11. Managing Environmental Changeat the Rural Urban Fringe:Capturing Institutional Memory from the country that challenges planners and various characterises most urban fringe situations.past to plan more effectively for the future stakeholders; each with their different The boundaries the RUF crosses in terms of notions of the desired directions of change. local authority, land use, and sectoral all n innovative interdisciplinary project This research has tried to capture this within demand joined-up approaches based onA funded by the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme www.relu.ac.uk led byProfessor Alister Scott (Birmingham City its current foci on four key challenges facing the integrated management of such spaces: accurate understandings of future needs. The key lesson arising was that whilst the names and organisations can and shouldUniversity) is assessing the prospects for 1. Integrating spatial planning and change the sudden loss of human expertiseManaging Environmental Change at the Rural ecosystem services to better and their associated networks can create aUrban fringe (RUF). As part of this a recent understand and view RUF problems vacuum of uncertainty resulting in short termworkshop was held at Millennium Point; more coherently, decision making thereby threatening widersignificantly at the former offices of the West 2. Improving connectivity between grey, policy goals such as sustainability. Indeed,Midlands Observatory involving 15 planners green and blue infrastructure the failure to learn from the past is a majoracross the West Midlands region who have 3. Assessing contested values and theme of this research as reflected inbeen at the forefront of regional planning. improving decision making, the work done by the Countryside Agency The idea stemmed from Mark Middleton 4. Long-termism. (now Natural England) between 2000-2006(ex Director of Policy in the WMRA) a member which was only “found” as a key individualof the research team. The workshop was also The interdisciplinary research team unites kept her own paper copies.attended by Dave Thew, former WMRA Head of both academic and policy practitioners from Moreover as we connect with many otherPlanning who is now leading the West a range of backgrounds that collectively agencies doing research on the RUF across theMidlands Futures Forum. The event captured shapes and contributes to this work in a UK and Europe we are beginning to learn thatsome 250 years of collective experience and unique social learning experiment. As part of people are often operating in their own littleexpertise in dealing with regional planning this we have just held six exploratory enclaves rarely communicating and sharingmatters in general and the RUF in particular. workshops and are currently working on two experiences. Surely good planning and policy isAnd given impending institutional reform and case studies including North Worcestershire as much about looking back and learningabolitions was seen as a valuable opportunity to look at integrated management at a lessons as it is looking forward. Perhaps Messrsor “wake” to reflect soberly on what had been landscape scale. Pickles and Quartermain should take notelost and learnt with the impending death of The findings of this interactive before a further pronouncement states weregional planning. By so doing the RUF project workshop (see photo) highlighted the “must learn the lessons”will benefit from the collective wisdom and dangers of making unprecedented planningcritical reflection for future planning. policy changes concomitant with sudden and People wishing further information on the This is particularly pertinent as the RUF irreplaceable loss of human capital without project should contact alister.scott@bcu.ac.ukrepresents a particularly ‘messy’ boundary regard given to the lessons learnt in order to A full list of people connected with the projectand opportunity space between town and inform future strategic planning that is here http://tinyurl.com/5spg9l4 Continuing Professional Development : : : : : : : : : : E v e n t s C a l e n d a r : : M a y > J un e : : : : : : : : : :Regional Programme Discussion on planning reform, High Speed Rail, the TCPA Cost: FreeNon-members of RTPI welcome to attend. Green & Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas & Eco- Organiser: RenewableUK towns (GRaBS) European project. Details & bookings: Sarah Harper Tel 0207 901 3000MONDAY 23 MAY Venue: Eversheds, 115 Colmore Row, Birmingham Email s.harper@renewable-uk.comRTPI West Midlands AGM & Supper Time: 5pm – 7.30pmTime: 6.15pm to 7.45pm (meeting of Regional Activities Organiser: TCPA TUESDAY 14 JUNE - WEDNESDAY 15 JUNECommittee will follow and those attending AGM are Details & booking: Michael Chang Tel 0207 930 8903 RTPI Planning Conventionwelcome to stay for this) Email Michael.Chang@tcpa.org.uk Planning the Big Society?Speaker: Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive Venue: LondonCost: Free (includes buffet) WEDNESDAY 18 MAY Cost: RTPI Members £339 +VAT, Licentiates £140 +VAT,Venue: Upstairs function room, Old Joint Stock, Birmingham Heritage as the lever for economic development & Students £99 +VATDetails & booking: Sue Griffith-Jones Tel 0121 709 1599 sustainability Organiser: RTPIEmail westmidlands@rtpi.org.uk Venue: Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent Details & bookings: Email services@rtpiconferences.co.uk Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Tel 0845 082 1171FRIDAY 8 JULY Organiser: RTPI Historic Environment GroupRTPI West BRIT awards Ball for Planning Achievement Details & booking: Andrew.Matheson@rtpi.org.uk SUNDAY 19 JUNE - WEDNESDAY 22 JUNEVenue: Botanical Gardens, Birmingham International Urban Design Summer SchoolTime: 7.30pm THURSDAY 26 MAY Venue: BirminghamCost: £42 incl VAT per person (£420 for tables of 10) for New Partnerships for Health & Well-Being Cost: £895 +VAT early bird rate until mid May. Reducedpayment before the end of May, £47 & £470 after. Venue: Baskerville House, Birmingham rates for those who are unemployed or not working full-timeDetails & booking: Sue Griffith-Jones Tel 0121 709 1599 Cost: Free & paying their own fees (£750 incl VAT as residentialEmail westmidlands@rtpi.org.uk Organiser: Learning for Public Health West Midlands delegate, £500 incl VAT non-residential) Details & booking: ginder.narle@sandwell-pct.nhs.uk Organiser: MADEOther Events Details & bookings: Tel 0121 363 0064 Email THURSDAY 9 JUNE info@udss.org.ukTUESDAY 10 MAY Wind Farm Visit & Planning SeminarTCPA West Midlands regional policy briefing and Venue: STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railwaydiscussion Swindon 11 | Mar / Apr
  12. 12. RTPI WEST MIDLANDS - SUMMER BALL – THE BRITS 8th July 2011 – Botanical Gardens, Birmingham The following awards will be presented: - The Regional Award for Planning Achievement sponsored by Alliance Planning - The Chairman’s Award sponsored by Alliance Planning - Local Planning Authority of the Year sponsored by JMP - Consultancy of the Year sponsored by No5 Chambers - Team of the Year sponsored by DLA Piper Plus a new award for 2011, Young Planner of the Year sponsored by Place Elements NOMINATIONS ARE INVITED FORLOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY OF CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR TEAM OF THE YEAR YOUNG PLANNER OFTHE YEAR THE YEAR Consultants - It has been a Have you been in a teamLocal Authority Planners – difficult year and yet there or do you know a team This award is intended to are many good news stories. that has delivered (a celebrate Young PlannersHave you excelled? What has your consultancy project, plan or planning in the West Midlands.Consultants – achieved? Tell us why your document)? This could be in planning consultancy has succeeded. practice, innovation,Have you found an LPA excellent The team can be a enterprise or philosophy.to work with? Local Authority Planners – LPA, Regeneration body, Consultancy. Nominations are welcomedThere are many examples of Who are the consultants you In a challenging for the brightest Younggood local authorities and it is have used or worked with time co-operation Planner involved in theour desire to recognise the hard who have excelled? and collaboration is profession in the Westwork that goes on within Planning We are looking to celebrate encouraged. Midlands.Departments in the region. success stories from the We are looking for a Nominees must be 35 or region and those who have team that has produced under. delivered. the goods and delivered something of quality that will last into the future. If you are proud of something you have done and work you have achieved let us know.
  13. 13. HOW TO MAKE NOMINATIONS(and using illustrations and examples of projects, if applicable), send your nominations toSue Griffith-Jones at westmidlands@rtpi.org.ukDEADLINE FRIDAY JUNE 10th 2011 Sponsor of drinks reception Sponsor of Event & ConsultancyMain Sponsor of the Event of the year awardRegional Award For PlanningAchievement and theChairman’s Awardof the year award year award
  14. 14. RTPI West Midlands is proud to present the West Midlands BRIT Awards, Dinner and Ball What: RTPI Planning Awards, Dinner & Ball • Drinks reception • Sit down dinner • Award winners announced • Music and dancing When: Friday 8 July 2011, 7.30pm to 1am Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR Who: The RTPI President, Richard Summers, joins RTPI members, guests, friends & family Why: To celebrate planning excellence in the region and wine and dine in styleFor more details or to book your place please contact Sue Griffith-Jones atwestmidlands@rtpi.org.uk or telephone 0121 709 1599.RTPI West Midlands is very grateful to the following organisations for sponsoringthis event and the awards. Sponsor of drinks reception Sponsor of Event & ConsultancyMain Sponsor of the Event of the year awardRegional Award For PlanningAchievement and theChairman’s Award y yof the year award year award

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