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RTPI North West News

Neighbourhood Planning North West

Get involved and have your say over the future of your neighbourhood.  Read more


All Souls Church Bolton

A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community.  Read more


Why has Britain stopped building bungalows? 

The number of bungalows being built in the UK has collapsed, despite an ageing population.  Why?  Read more


Local Plan Expert Group recommendations

Implications to the OAN in the North.  Read more


Rob Turley - Obituary

Rob Turley, who died from cancer last month, will be well known amongst the planning and development profession, as the founder of and driving force behind the independent and national planning consultancy, Robert Turley Associates, now known as Turley.  Read full obituary here


RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence - North West Winners

Volunteer Planner of the Year

Joanne Harding, Principal Planning Officer at Halton Borough Council was crowned Volunteer Planner of the Year at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence in London on 5 May 2016.

Joanne has worked tirelessly across teh North West of England over more than 10 years across a range of volunteer roles to promote planning, support planners' professional development and organise activities in the region.

Katie Wray, Chair of the RTPI North West said "It is fantastic that planners in England's North West have received national recognition through winning this award.  Planners across the region are working hard, every day to deliver great places for people to work and live."

Roisin Willmott, RTPI Awards Advisor said "Joanne has worked effortlessly and is a role model for the planning profession.  since 2003 she has reinvigorated the North West Region's Young Planners programme, taking an active involvement in organising events.  She has irelessly promoted planning at career events and at universities, and has been actively involved with the governance of the RTPI whilst developing her own career and working full time."

Winner of the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment Category

Also nominated in the Excellence in Planning for Heritage category, Rochdale Council's 'Revealing the Roch' town centre plan won the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment category.  The project has restored the bridge by repairing damaged stonework and rebuilding the section that was removed when the culvert was built.  This will decrease the risk of flooding and the extent of flooding if it should occur.  It will also increase an environment for acquatic specified to flourish.

Katie Wray, Chair of the RTPI North West said "It is fantastic that planning in England's North West has received national recognition through this award."

Roisin Willmott said "All the elements of this project, from uncovering a lost river and reducing flood risks, to enhancing biodiversity and creating an attractive public space in the town centre, have truly captured the public's imagination.  it is set to benefit the citizens of Rochdale for years to come, thanks to inclusive planning that got everyone on board.  The project also has replicable lessons in flood risk management and urban design that could be applied to the re-engineering of other rivers."

See all winners here 


Albert Dock Liverpool Launch

On 26 May, Albert dock Liverpool officially launched its strategy 'Albert Dock - Celebrating 175 Years 1846-2021. This significant date offers an opportunity for the Dock to celebrate both its history and future, showcasing its assets and celebrating its significance to a local, regional and national audience.  Read more


Marine Planning

More opportunities for engagement is essential for next phase of marine plans.  Read more


Salford Quays - A Personal Look Back

Its 1994 and I have just started work at Salford City Council. At the Salford Quays we have some of the early development from the Enterprize Zone days – the Copthorne Hotel, the old multiplex cinema, the Anchorage office developments, the watersports centre and the low rise residential development and even the RTPI NW regional office. The pioneering work by the planners at the City Council is making progress, but there is still lots of empty office space. But at this stage there is no Lowry or retail outlet, no Metrolink, no Media City, no Imperial War Museum North or the high rise apartments. The future site of Media City is just eth derelict Pier 9 site.  Read more


Global Accolade will boost Isle of Man's Status

The Isle of Man has earned a major global accolade from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The Island has been awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme. Biosphere Reserves are 'special places for people and nature'. The recognition is awarded to areas that demonstrate a successful balance between the two. It joins 669 existing biosphere reserves in 120 countries, including 16 transboundary sites. Although the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere does not bring with it any additional designation or a different planning policy approach.  Read more


Great North Plan Blueprint Launch

The GNP Blueprint was launched in Leeds on 17 June.  Read more


RTPI Members Honoured by the Queen

RTPI members Cliff Hague, Past President of the Institute and a former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), and Tony Thompson, a senior civil servant in the Communities department, have been awarded OBEs in the Queen's Birthday list announced at the weekend.

They were given their honours for 'services to planning'.

Stephen Wilkinson, Vice-President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said:

"We are very proud that Cliff and Tony have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to planning and to wider society. Each has made a significant mark within the profession, working tirelessly to make life better for others over many years. I know their colleagues will also be celebrating news of their awards. Once again planners, whether in government, in academia or in practice, are being acknowledged for their impact and influence in our communities and for the roles they are playing in our national lives.

The RTPI members recognised and their citations are:

  • Professor Clifford Bertram HAGUE (pictured) Emeritus Professor, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot- Watt University. OBE. For services to Planning.
  • Anthony William THOMPSON Grade 6, Planning Development Management, Department for Communities and Local Government. OBE. For services to Planning and voluntary services to Young People.

For the full list of Honours see more