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Britain’s top planner praises Plymouth’s planning team

30 April 2013

peter portsmouthDr Peter Geraghty, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), praised the council’s planning team as he toured the city centre last week (26 and 27 April) and enjoyed a sneak preview of the Abercrombie Exhibition.

Pictured right: Plymouth City Council's Paul Barnard (red jacket) speaking to Dr Peter Geraghty.

The Royal Town Planning Institute represents 23,000 planners worldwide working in the private, public, education and charity sectors, and is the membership organisation of professional planners in the UK.

Dr Peter Geraghty, RTPI President, said: “It has been a pleasure to see how Plymouth’s city centre has developed and spend time with local planners.  I was particularly interested in their innovative approach to cross-professional working and service delivery. Plymouth’s planners should be very proud of the work that they have done in working with local people to see how they think their city should develop.

Plymouth’s planners have a great legacy. The 1943 Plymouth Plan was written by Sir Patrick Abercrombie, a pioneer of profession whilst the outcome of World War II was still in the balance. The city fathers of Plymouth had the confidence to employ Abercrombie who is widely considered to be one of the most influential planners of his day. I am sure he would have approved of the way that today’s planners in Plymouth are taking his ideas forward and working so closely with the community. It was a great privilege to see the Abercrombie Exhibition in advance of its opening to the public."

Paul Barnard, Assistant Director for Planning Services, said: “As a fellow Local Authority planner, the President understood the pressures staff are facing at the present time. His words of encouragement and recognition of the professionalism and dedication of Plymouth’s planners were a real boost.”

peter abercrombie

Dr Geraghty’s visit included a visit to the Council to meeting local authority planners, a guided walk thought the city centre, a meeting with staff and students at Plymouth University, a Tour of Millbay, Devonport, Derriford, Sherford, Visit Exhibition on the 1943 Abercrombie Plan for Plymouth, and a training event on plan making.

Pictured right: Dr Peter Geraghty at the Abercrombie exhibition.

For more information about the Abercrombie exhibition click here. The exhibition is open until 29 June.