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PR 21 - Planning institute appoints new director for Scotland

12 June 2007

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has appointed a new National Director for the Institute in Scotland. Veronica Burbridge will start as the new Director on 2nd July.

Veronica has been the Institute's Scottish Planning Policy Officer since 2005 and has extensive experience in strategic planning policy and research in Scotland. She has taken a key role in developing the Institute's contribution to Scotland's planning reform agenda and in responding on behalf of the Institute to consultations relating to planning issues from the Scottish Executive and other bodies.

Veronica Burbridge replaces Graham U'ren, who stood down as Director at the end of May.

Veronica said: \"I am really looking forward to taking on this exciting new challenge. The RTPI in Scotland will continue to play a central role in helping define our national planning policy, in providing for and representing our members as they implement the new planning legislation, and in working closely with Planning Aid for Scotland in encouraging community involvement in planning. I would like to thank former Director Graham U'ren for all his hard work.\"

As the Director, she will take a leading role in promoting planning and the Institute in Scotland, and in developing the Institute's agenda as the Scottish Executive's programme for implementing the new planning Act continues.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Debbie Sorkin, Director, Programmes and Services, RTPI, 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R 8DL, Tel 020 7929 9494

Notes to Editors:

1. The RTPI in Scotland is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the body chartered to represent professional planners across the UK. It has 1900 members in Scotland practising in local government, central government, planning consultancy, voluntary organisations and an increasing range of public and private bodies.