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Planning Aid pioneers recognised at reception

Cartoon presentationFour decades of Planning Aid activity were celebrated at 2013's annual RTPI Parliamentary reception, held on 4 September 2013.

John Healey MP described Planning Aid asĀ "revolutionary", as speakers spoke of the impact of the service over the years.

Planning Minister, Nick Boles MP, said that without the skills and expertise of Planning Aid there would be no effective policy of neighbourhood planning.

Some of those who championed and established Planning Aid in the early 1970s were able to attend the reception and were presented with framed cartoons by Meg Munn MP, a Planning Aid England Parliamentary patron. The cartoon was designed by Rob Cowan, himself a Planning Aid pioneer.

Also at the reception were Planning Aid for London Vice Chair, Robin Crompton, and Director, Nancy Astley, along with current Planning Aid England volunteers and staff.

The photo shows (l-r) Prof Gavin Parker (RTPI Director of Professional Standards), pioneers Dr Mike Beazley, Michael Parkes, David Lock CBE and Rob Cowan, Meg Munn MP, Peter Geraghty (RTPI President)