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Local planners key to driving change, says Chief Executive after Shropshire visit

21 June 2017

RTPI Chief Executive Trudi Elliott met with Shropshire Council's Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor Robert Macey, and planning and economic growth officers in Shrewsbury earlier in the week. 

“There is no doubt in my mind that local planners such as the ones I met today are driving positive change throughout the country, despite the challenges they have to face in the recent years.

They discussed the contribution the planning process can make to deliver Shropshire Council’s aspiration for sustainable economic growth across the county and the role of the RTPI to support this.

The importance of maintaining up to date planning policies was acknowledged and ways of further strengthening links with the RTPI were also discussed.

Trudi Elliott said:

“Having worked in Shropshire before I am delighted to return to hear how planners are playing a crucial role in shaping the county’s future.

“There is no doubt in my mind that local planners such as the ones I met today are driving positive change throughout the country, despite the challenges they have to face in the recent years. In the face of uncertainty and immense change in society, the Institute must continue to innovate and deliver to help them do their jobs. This opportunity to hear from Shropshire’s colleagues directly is invaluable.

“We are currently consulting our members on the RTPI’s priorities and I urge all them to come forward and help build an even stronger profession.” 

Ian Kilby, Planning Services Manager for Shropshire Council said:

“We had a constructive discussion with Trudi about economic growth. We also highlighted the value of professionalism and ethics identified by the RTPI in regulating its members to maintain the credibility of the profession and confidence in the planning process overall.”

Robert Macey said:

“I am pleased to have met Trudi and to have discussed with her the planning pressures we face in Shropshire.  I welcome the opportunities that exist for closer working with the RTPI and other key stakeholders.  This will allow Shropshire to continue to positively influence national policy and highlight the important role of planning in responding to the particular social, economic and environmental issues we face.