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RTPI Press Update, November 2007

04 December 2007

November has been an unusual month. The expected avalanche of coverage from the Planning Bill and the Callcutt Review never materialised. However we were asked to comment on a raft of different stories and initiatives – our most dynamic performance being on Channel 4 News (albeit the 12.00 noon version and not the 7.00pm show). By all accounts this has been an incredibly successful year for the RTPI's press coverage. We have hit every target and then some. We will have to set a raft of new targets for year ahead.

Radio and TV

BBC You and Yours, 06 November 2007

Rynd Smith, Head of Policy and Communications, took part in a live debate with National Trust Director, Tony Burton on the lively topic of building on the green belt. The debate was followed by a phone in show. Both Directors took part and presented their cases with gusto.

Channel 4 News, 14 November 2007

Kelvin MacDonald went down to the C4 News studio and filmed a short piece to camera exploring urban design, planning and counter terrorism. Lord West's report to Government was brought out the same day. Kelvin was giving his last interview as a member of the RTPI's workforce – probably his best to date.

BBC Radio Berkshire, Breakfast Programme, 19 November 2007

Once again the RTPI was leading the debate on how we want our cities to look. Rynd Smith offered up inciteful comment on 'garden grabbing' and related it expertly to the need to build more new homes and where we are planning to put them.

BBC Radio Nottingham, Breakfast Programme, 21 November 2007

Ex-President and RTPI Media Ambassador Vincent Goodstadt took part in a live interview on the subject of New Towns. The debate was sparked by a bid for an eco-town on the Kingston Estate in south-west Nottinghamshire, at a central point between the East Midlands' three major cities.

National Press

Guardian Society, November 28 2007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/nov/28/guardiansocietysupplement.comment

'Is government facing a housing brick wall?' Guardian stalwart, Peter Hetherington presents a balanced overview of the problems surrounding the delivery of new housing.

The Herald (Glasgow), November 19 2007
'More effort needed if reformed planning system is to work well'. Royal Town Planning Institute's 2007 planning law survey used to provide creedance and weight to the commentators in this article.

The Mail on Sunday, November 11 2007
'Will Britain face chaos in Gordon's grand plan?; Labour says the Planning Bill will give a faster and fairer system, but questions of trust linger.' Property editor Sebastian O'Kelly recognises the expertise of the RTPI when talking about the Planning Bill, he said: \"In common with other sensible bodies, such as the Royal Town Planning Institute, Bassford is worried about whether Central Government is sincere in wishing to involve those tiresome voters in the planning process.\" Thanks Sebastian.

The Scotsman, November 01 2007
'Why give Tesco green light to expand and threaten our business?' RTPI Scotland have been causing quite a stir of late and were name checked in this article: \"…while the Royal Town Planning Institute said the proposed overhaul of the planning system could end up "destroying" traditional high streets.

The Sunday Times, Ask the Planner, November 04 2007
Mike Haslam, former RTPI President provides yet more helpful and sophisticated advice on some of those technical niggling home planning problems.