John Acres MRTPI was inaugurated as President of the RTPI today.
John started his planning career after being inspired by an interview he read in the Daily Telegraph with the then Chief Transport Planner of the Greater London Council (GLC). He wrote to him personally and subsequently joined the GLC’s training scheme for planners, an A-level entry work-based apprenticeship scheme.
He has worked his way up through public, private and voluntary sectors, with the House Builders’ Federation, Redrow Homes, Catesby Property Group and more recently as part of the senior management team at planning consultants Turley. During 2006, he served as a Government Commissioner on the Affordable Rural Housing Commission. He now runs his own private consultancy.
John has been a resident of Northamptonshire for more than 20 years and has offered voluntary advice to a number of groups wishing to set up Neighbourhood Plans there.
Before that, he had lived in Warwickshire for 10 years, serving as a Parish Councillor and a School Governor there, as well as a Housing Association Board member further afield in Shropshire. John also ran a successful campaign to save the local school in Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire.
John Acres said:
“The UK is going through some very uncertain times. The immense scale of the challenges we face nationally and locally means that planning and planners are now more essential than ever.
“Partnership between the private and public sector is vital in achieving progress. I am keen to use my experience in both sectors to steer the Institute to foster new ways for local authorities and developers to work together to tackle local issues and deliver much needed housing and jobs for local communities.”
“I’d also like use my year as President to inspire more people to share my passion for planning, to promote the various routes that young people can become a planner, and to get across the message that planning is essential to a modern economy, with decisions vested in the democratic process for which planners are vital guardians.”