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2016 Annual Review published: How we’re putting planning at the centre of the debate

29 March 2017

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“Planning has a relationship with people in the communities that we serve, and politicians who are democratically elected by those communities. My hope for the year was to improve our relationship with politicians at national, regional and local levels, and to listen to communities and better engage with people within them.” Phil Williams, 2016 RTPI President, writing in the 2016 Annual Review published today.

Phil clearly stated his year leading the Institute was going to put planning and planners at the heart of solutions to key challenges that face society. The RTPI’s 2016 Annual Review, out now, outlines the activities, programmes, campaigns and publications which contributed to this ambition.

Highlights include:

  • Growing our membership to 24,197, the first time our membership is higher than 24,000 members
  • Wales Best Places campaign, which attracted 5,500 votes and crowned Aberaeron the winner
  • Prominent media coverage of the Value of Planning report which stressed the importance of planning in times of uncertainty
  • International outreach through effective influencing at the once in a generation sustainable development summit, Habitat III in Ecuador
  • Establishing the UK Built Environment Advisory Group to support planners assisting with post disaster recover around the world
  • Streamlining our routes to membership, ensuring they are now all competency based
  • Influencing decision makers and briefing members on major pieces of legislation including the Housing and Planning Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Bill
  • Growing planners of the future through our expanding apprenticeship and bursary schemes, including a 6 new diversity bursaries
  • Modernising our internal digital infrastructure to better support members
  • Supporting and developing our members skills and experience through hundreds of national and regional events

Read the full Annual Review