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Young Planners in the South West

Welcome to South West Young Planners, the RTPI's network for all young planners based in the South West of England.

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In its current form, South West Young Planners has been running since May 2011. Since then, the Group has grown massively and has hosted a number of successful events, including the national Young Planners' Conference in 2014. The main role of the group is to organise a programme of events throughout the year to help young planners in their personal and professional development, as well as considering and representing the interests of young planners in the RTPI. We aim to hold at a wide variety of events, ranging from CPD sessions and themed seminars, study tours, networking sessions and socials. We also try to arrange regular APC sessions to help those starting and preparing to submit.

South West Young Planners publish a quarterly newsletter. We welcome contributions to our newsletter, so if you are interested in submitting an article for the newsletter please contact a member of the Steering Group or email us.  

Young Planners - Extending activity across the region!

The South West Young Planners Steering Group are interested to hear from members interested in organising and supporting events in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. This could be networking events, APC support seminars, Socials, Site  Vists, CPD events and more. Young Planner events are opportunities for you or newly qualified / trainee members of your team to network and further their career.

Do I count as a 'young planner'?

A young planner is any student, licentiate or corporate member of the RTPI with up to 10 years' experience post-qualification. We welcome all young planners to attend our events, and often work with more experienced planners to bring forward events.

Would you like to get involved with Young Planners? Watch this video for some inspiration


Forthcoming Events

24 March - West Country Young Planners Appeals Workshop, Plymouth
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22 March - Pub Quiz, Bristol
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29 March - APC workshop in Bristol
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April - Ashton Gate Study Tour
May - Visit to The Devonport EfW CHP Facility, Creek Road, Plymouth

Other events in the planning include a Spring Social, Summer Social Boat Tour and 'The
Future of Planning 'Mini Conference'.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you if you would like to get in touch with us. You can email us at Alternately, you can contact us through our various social media avenues, which we regularly update with details of up-coming events:

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Twitter                    Follow us @swyoungplanners

Facebook               Join the 'South West Young Planners' group

LinkedIn                 Join the 'RTPI Young Planners Network' group

Your Steering Group

The activities of South West Young Planners are guided by the Steering Group, who meet regularly to organise and discuss future events. The Group is presently composed of:

Tristan Dewhurst – Lichfields (Chair)
Kat Chapman – The Planning Inspectorate (Vice Chair)
Charlotte Taylor – GVA (Secretary)
Michael Baker – Arup (News / Blog Editor)
Veronica Barbaro – GVA
Lucy Atkins – Bovis Homes (Treasurer)
Bethany Kington – Enzygo Environmental Consulting
Sarah Hayes – Jones Lang LaSalle (RAC Liaison)
Jonathan Dodd - Turley
Sarah Bannister – UWE / Swindon Borough Council

Dorset area - sub committee

Thomas Southgate, Terrence O'Rourke

West Country Steering Group - sub committee

Rebecca Black - Plymouth City Council
Angharad Williams - Teignbridge District Council
Matt Jones - South Hams and West Devon Councils
Dan Young - Plymouth University MA Planning Student
Jennifer Joule - Plymouth University MA Planning Student

If you have an idea for an event please do get in touch either using the contact details above or approaching one of the steering group members. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the Steering Group across the South West region, including the West of England, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

We look forward to meeting you at a future Young Planners event.