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PR 5 - Associate Membership: A new inclusive class of RTPI Membership

25 January 2007

Clive Harridge, President of the RTPI, will launch the new Associate Membership class on Wednesday 24 January. The launch will take place during the meeting of the RTPI General Assembly at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, LondonWC1H 9HQ 9 .

 Associate Membership is designed to engage with a wide range of professionals involved in spatial planning in its broadest sense, including home and overseas planners who do not hold accredited planning degree qualifications, and professionals from a range of related disciplines, including urban design, transport, surveying and regeneration. Associate Membership also embraces academics and researchers in the spatial planning field.

Associate Membership offers such professionals an opportunity to benchmark their achievements in a particular area of spatial planning against RTPI standards. For some, it can also act as a stepping-stone on the route to full Chartered status through a rigorous process of acquisition and assessment of professional competence.

Clive Harridge said: \"I am delighted to be able to launch Associate Membership as one of my last responsibilities as President. The RTPI's vision for planning is as an inclusive activity which extends far beyond statutory land-use planning. Associate Membership is a way of recognising the achievements of the many diverse professionals who come together to create successful sustainable communities\".

Jim Claydon, who will be RTPI President for the coming year, said: \"Having been involved with the Education Commission review which first proposed this new membership class, I am delighted to see Associate Membership launched at the start of my Presidential term.  It is essential that the RTPI engages with a broad range of spatial planning professionals and offers structured routes to Chartered status which are capable of recognising the many diverse ways of entering the planning profession.\"

 For further information please contact:

Jacqui Ward, Membership Education & Lifelong Learning Department, 0207 929 9481

Andrew Kliman, Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479

 

 Notes to Editors

1. The event will take place at:

Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, LondonWC1H 9HQ.

 

Timetable of events:

11:00 - 11.30           Coffee

11:30 - 13.30           Presentations and questions

                              Terry Stevens, Chair of RTPI Cymru

                              Spatial Planning in Wales – the current situation and the political and professional challenges of the coming year.

                              Alistair Stark, Convenor of the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee

                              The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 – the challenges of lobbying and the challenges of implementation

                              Kay Powell, Secretary of the National Planning Forum

The English Planning White Paper – meeting the challenges of Barker, Stern, and Eddington and the HDCR

 

13:30 - 14.15           Lunch

 

14.15 - 15.00           Discussion

                              Meeting the challenges for spatial planning and the RTPI in 2007

15:00 - 15:30           General Assembly Business

15:30 - 15:45           Launch of Associate Membership

15:45 - 16:00           Tea

16:00 - 16:30           Presidential handover and inaugural speech

16:30 - 18.00        Outgoing Presidential Reception

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: www.rtpi.org.uk

2.  The RoyalTown Planning Institute (RTPI)

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: www.rtpi.org.uk

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