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Environmental Education

In March 2001, the RTPI South West produced an environmental education guide for school teachers and students.  The guide Planning for Sustainability Environmental Education Case Studies and Guide - contains case studies of recent planning and environmental issues in the region.

The Region hopes this new guide will help overcome a lack of awareness about what planners actually do and encourage more young people to consider a career in planning or related fields. It will also be a valuable resource for teachers and students.

The full manual includes preface, introduction and following case studies:

Bristol - looking at changes in shopping patterns arising from out-of-town development, particularly at Cribbs Causeway

Cirencester - looking at a successful traffic management scheme to alleviate congestion in the historic town centre.

Mendip Hills looking at quarrying and its environmental, social and economic implications.

Chesil Beach and the Fleet looking at managing conflicts between recreation and environmental interests at an internationally important conservation site.

Salisbury - looking at the impact which bypass proposals would have had on rivers and flood plains in the area.

Frome looking at a project where good design and community partnership led to an award-winning brownfield housing scheme in a historic town.

Dorset Heathlands looking at how a supermarket proposal led to the creation of a nature reserve in the urban fringe

Weymouth looking at conservation and regeneration in the historic harbourside area, with role play options

Stover Country Park, Devon looking at management issues at a country park with large numbers of visitors and pressures on the environment

Dorset Coast looking at an award-winning strategy addressing, through a partnership approach, the multiple issues affecting the area both on and off shore.

The RTPI project was supported financially by the University of the West of England (Bristol), Cheltenham and Gloucester College, the Environment Agency and a number of local authorities.

Bristol Harbourside - An additional case study was recently produced by South West Planning Aid in partnership with Bristol Architecture Centre, Connexions West and teachers from the Castle School, Bristol to develop and produce a teaching resource on Sustainable Development.