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December Press Round-up

21 December 2007

December's press round up makes for interesting reading in what is a traditionally quiet period. The Financial Times has featured the RTPI on no less than four occasions and the interest in Donald Trump's proposed golf course development has yet to abate. Why, we wonder, would his team refuse to negotiate? Negotiation after all is a key element of planning.

Andy Kliman, RTPI Communications Manager

Radio and TV

BBC Radio Scotland, Newsdrive, 10 December 2007

Prime time national Scottish radio programme featuring Alistair Stark, Convener of RTPI Scotland, offering advice and wisdom on the developments in Aberdeenshire Council, the Trump golf development and the call-in by Scottish Ministers.

BBC Radio Scotland, Reporting Scotland, 10 December 2007

Alistair Stark was back offering a 'stark' warning about how potential political interference could call in to question the integrity of the planning system in Scotland. This article was repeated in the late evening slot.

National Press

Financial Times, 08 December 2007
'A Scottish tale of planners, 'traitors' and 'lunacy'.' The FT's view of the escalating problem over the refusal of planning permission for Donald Trump's new golfing development. Alistair Stark was paraphrased as having told planners to 'stand firm'. The RTPI's complete position was that the developer's complete refusal to negotiate meant the planning system was never allowed to work.

Financial Times, 15 December 2007
'Docks scheme like 'Balkan bedsit land'.' FT property reporter Jim Pickard used a survey the RTPI collated some time ago to underline a lack of 'context' when it comes to large scale house building projects.

Financial Times, 15 December 2007
'Councils pass 'bloody awful' housing plans.' Chris Shepley (in this instance quoted as a former chief planning inspector) and my good self offered up the RTPI's line that an over reliance on targets could come at the cost of the quality of their design. This was a well written and positive piece that advances the RTPI's position on raising the quality of urban design.

Financial Times, 21 December 2007
RIBA President, Sunand Prasad, writes into the FT to congratulate the RTPI on our position on housing quality. RIBA do not want to get left out of this debate and we are working with them on a number of initiatives.

Scotland on Sunday, 16 December 2007
Further coverage of the Trump development debacle in Scotland, this time featuring calming and independent advice from RTPI Scotland Director, Dr Veronica Burbridge.

Sunday Herald, 09 December 2007
Trumpton again. This challenge to planning by Donald Trump has really caused a stir and may have implications across the whole of the UK.

The Times, 11 December 2007
The Times' Public Agenda section recognises the launch of the RTPI's, spatial planning and gender awareness guidance.