RTPI President Phil Williams saw first-hand how RTPI members are helping to deliver housing, infrastructure and award winning projects in the South East region during his visit to Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester.
Planners from Portsmouth City Council impressed Phil on the innovative ways the city council uses to bid for funding to deliver large infrastructure projects.
Phil Williams, RTPI President, who visited The Hard Interchange, Ben Ainslie Racing Headquarters, Millenium Walk at Hotwalls Studios, the City Centre and Dunsbury Park, said:
“I am impressed with the pace and ambition of development by Portsmouth City Council, working with other agencies and neighbouring authorities to deliver large scale and long term projects.
“By taking a proactive, corporate approach to new development rather than acting just as a planning authority, the city council strove to overcome budgetary pressures and difficult times, supporting council planners to create high quality places."
In the evening he helped the RTPI South Coast Young Planners Network celebrate their 10th anniversary in the Spinnaker Tower. This was followed by the RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence ceremony. Worthing Borough Council and Worthing Homes won for their Meadow Road housing redevelopment.
Phil visited the RTPI award winning Boldrewood Innovation Campus at the University of Southampton (pictured, right), the biggest university-industry collaboration in the UK. Phil saw the high quality campus that has an international, world class feel planners helped to create.
“The campus has an international, world class feel to it. There is terrific work happening, including drone development and support for our armed forces – all taking place in spectacular buildings. Planners have played an important role here, turning a complex and multi-faceted project from vision to reality.
In Winchester, Phil was briefed on their planning and heritage issues before embarking on a walking tour of the town, including the peninsula barracks (pictured, below).
Phil next visits members in the North East of England on 6 and 7 October.
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