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RTPI Press Update September and October 2007

01 November 2007

Due to the slow holiday months there was no press update last month as it might have looked slightly lonely. However, things have picked up again in October and as I write this I am looking forwards to Kelvin MacDonald appearing on Thursday 1 November's 'The Truth About Property' on BBC 2. We completed the filming for this about three weeks ago just before the first of this three part series hit our screens. But that's enough of that, on with the show.

Radio and TV

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 04 September 2007

Kelvin MacDonald, Chief Policy Advisor gave an interview for, 'This day today' as the RTPI was formed on this day in 1914. What was it doing then and where is it going now?

BBC Radio 4, You and Yours, 05 September 2007

RTPI President Jim Claydon offered up expert planning advice opposite new RIBA President Sunand Prasad. The programme was about the shrinking size of the UK's housing – why are houses getting so small?

BBC Radio Glasgow, Scotland Live, 15 October 2007

Alistair Stark performed excellently up there in Glasgow as he provided some contextual planning information on a trunk road in Inverness which has been the cause of much dispute.

BBC South East, Inside Out, 17 October 2007

A big thank you to Chris Shepley, RTPI Past President, who not only proffered huge amounts of detailed information about the plan making process and appeals, but also then made an appearance on this influential South East magazine programme. This is our second time on Inside Out, we must be doing something right.

Capital Radio, News, 17 October 2007

In light of the Foresight report on obesity and public health and the role planning plays, the syndicated news team behind Capital Radio came to talk to us about the topic. Kelvin MacDonald was able to field their questions and place the RTPI at the forefront of the debate. The news item is syndicated to many private sector radio stations such as Talk Sport and Classic FM.

National Press

Sunday Times, 16 September 2007

'Ask the Planner'. More revealing incites and helpful solutions to problems offered by former RTPI President, Mike Haslam.

Sunday Times, 30 September 2007

'Lie of the land'. Are developers dragging their feet to boost house prices? Jon Neale reports. The journalist made reference to our excellent report, 'Opening up the debate: Housing and land supply myths'. This revealing article makes reference to the many recent developments in housing policy made clear in the Housing Green Paper.

Sunday Times, 30 September 2007

'Ask the Planner'. More revealing incites and helpful solutions to problems offered by former RTPI President, Mike Haslam.

The Times, 19 October 2007

'Smoking ban: a drag on prices?' Yours truly pitched the story to the Times and offered myself up as fodder for the article, possibly reducing the value of my own property. There's not many communications managers that would take such a financial hit for their organisation. My idea was that the smoking ban had forced people outside of the pub where it is noisier for residents and adds to the litter around the area. Especially the fag ends everywhere. I hate smokers.

Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2007

'How to beat the bureaucrats Applying for planning permission can be fraught with difficulties - even if you call in the professionals, says Angela Pertusini.' Ron Tate stood up for planners and Development Management teams everywhere in this article, as well as providing most of the information for the dos and don'ts section.

The Guardian, 31 October 2007

The Guardian's Policy Briefs covered the launch of the RTPI's Good Practice Note 8, Extra Care Housing: Development planning, control and management.

Daily Telegraph online, 31 October 2007

The Telegraph covered the RTPI's response to the Competition Commission interim report suggesting the removal of the needs test and the issue of landbanking. The RTPI's strongly argued position is that the needs test has delivered strong town centres and therefore there is no need to ditch the needs test. We also argued for Government to take forward discussions about how to stop landbanking, however this is not an issue that can be directly solved by the planning system.

Press Association Newswire, 31 October 2007

PA covered the quote we sent them on the results of the Competition Commission report. PA weaves its way into all the newsrooms in the country. It has resulted in some coverage in the Telegraph (above) and also many regional papers, however the press have generally gone with the issue of smaller retailers and competiton.

Trade Press Round Up (excluding Planning, Regeneration and Renewal, Inside Housing, Local Government Chronicle and Local Government News):

The trade press is more difficult to monitor than national press because they tend not to send their stories to our monitoring services for up to a month, causing a delay in monitoring. However we have had an enormous amount of coverage, so here is the breakdown for the year so far:

Building: 4 mentions
Building Design – 8 mentions
Building Services Journal – 1 mention
Cabinet Maker – 1 mention
Contract Journal – 1 mention
EGI Web News – 3 mentions
Estates Gazette – 9 mentions
Housing News – 1 mention
Property Week – 15 mentions
Public Finance – 2 mentions
The Business – 1 mention
The Grocer – 1 mention

47 mentions in the trade press