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Environmental Education

In March 2001, the RTPI South West produced a new environmental education guide for school teachers and students across the South West.

The guide Planning for Sustainability Environmental Education Case Studies and Guide - contains 12 case studies of recent planning and environmental issues in the region. A supplementary Case Study relating to Bristol Harbourside has also been prepared and is available on the website with the main guide, as Case Study 13.

The guide is available on line as a series of pdf files. Due to the large number of graphics, maps and photos some files are large and may take awhile to open - the largest case studies have been broken down into a number of smaller pdf files.

Free copies were sent to all secondary schools and colleges in the region, as well to other organisations. The pack is mainly aimed at teachers, and students aged from 14 to 18, particularly those studying geography.

For further details on the guide, and on environmental initiatives by the RTPI South West, please contact :

Simon Williams, Tel. 01305 206333, E-mail simonwilliams@weymouth.gov.uk.

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

Falmouth looking at land use options for re-using a key harbourside site, and the conflicting pressures and views of local groups. For a copy of this study please contact Helen Clarke.

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

Tinkers Bubble looking at how the planning system dealt with a low impact tepee village in rural Somerset (4 pdf documents for this Case Study - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).  For a copy of this study please contact Helen Clarke

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.