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Young Planners in the South West

Welcome to South West Young Planners (SWYP), the RTPI's network for all young planners based in the South West of England.

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In its current form, South West Young Planners has been running since May 2011. Since then, the Group has grown massively and new groups have emerged in the region helping to widen the number of Young Planner events accross the region. Young Planners has hosted a number of successful events, including the national Young Planners' Conference in 2014. The main role of the groups is to organise a programme of events throughout the year to help young planners in their personal and professional development, as well as considering and representing the interests of young planners in the RTPI. We aim to hold at a wide variety of events, ranging from CPD sessions and themed seminars, study tours, networking sessions and socials. We also try to arrange regular APC sessions to help those starting and preparing to submit.

Do I count as a 'young planner'?

A young planner is any student, licentiate or corporate member of the RTPI with up to 10 years' experience post-qualification. We welcome all young planners to attend our events, and often work with more experienced planners to bring forward events.

Join the Young Planners' Network here 

Young Planners - Extending activity across the region!

South West Young Planners are interested to hear from members interested in organising and supporting events in any part of the South West region.  This could be networking events, APC support seminars, Socials, Site  Vists, CPD events and more. Young Planner events are opportunities for you or newly qualified / trainee members of your team to network and further their career.

Why should you get involved?

  • Foster professional relationships
  • Network with other professions
  • Develop soft skills in project management & leadership
  • Contributes to career progression
  • Promote Planning
  • Inspire the next generation
  • Share experiences
  • Support L-APC Candidates
  • Have fun and socialise with like-minded people.

Would you like to get involved with Young Planners? Watch this video for some inspiration

Forthcoming Events

4 October - L-APC Workshop, Plymouth - More Information & Booking
1 November - D&C Young Planners Self Build Workshop, Newton Abbot
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3-4 November, Young Planners Conference, Manchester • Book Now

To register for any of these events please contact

Other events in the pineline:

w/c 27 November – legal update focussing on Bristol Metro Mayor / Green belt December – Christmas social in Bristol
w/c 8 January 2018 – APC surgery in Bristol
March 2018 – Wapping Wharf event
May 2018 – joint event with RICS matrics in Bristol
June/July 2018 – Summer boat trip
August 2018 – Water event in Bath
September/October 2018 – Weston super Mare town centre

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you if you would like to get in touch with us. You can email us via Alternately, you can contact us through our various social media avenues, which we regularly update with details of up-coming events:

Wordpress Blog

Twitter                    Follow us @swyoungplanners

Facebook               Join the 'South West Young Planners' group

LinkedIn                 Join the 'RTPI Young Planners Network' group

Your Steering Groups

The activities of South West Young Planners are guided by the Steering Groups, who meet regularly to organise and discuss future events. The Groups are presently composed of:

SWYP - West of England Steering Group
Charlotte Taylor, GVA – Chair (joint)
Michael Baker, Arup – Chair (joint)
Sarah Hayes, JLL - Secretary & Vice Chair (joint)
Jonathan Dodd, Turley - Joint Secretary & Vice Chair (joint)
Tom Sadler, GVA - Treasurer
Bethany Kington, Enzygo - News Editor
Sarah Bannister, UWE - Blog & Social Media Editor
Kat King, Planning Inspectorate - RAC Liaison
Tamsin Sealy - Arup
Lucy Atkins – Bovis Homes
Stephanie Wilson - Colliers International

SWYP - Devon and Cornwall Steering Group
Rebecca Black, Plymouth City Council - Chair
Angharad Williams, Teignbridge District Council
Matt Jones, South Hams and West Devon Councils
Imogen Day, Cornwall Council
Ryan Steppel, Torridge District Council

SWYP - Dorset Steering Group
Opani Mudalige, Ken Parke Planning Consultants Ltd - Chair
Chris Miell (Pure Town Planning Ltd) - Vice Chair
Sarah Scannell (Poole Borough Council) - Administrator
Carla Fulgoni (The Planning Bureau Ltd) - Events and Communications Coordinator
Hayley Davis (Terence O'Rourke Ltd) - General Steering Group Member
Sam Hoida (Primmer Olds BAS) – General Steering Group Member

If you have an idea for an event please do get in touch either using the contact details above or approaching one of the steering group members. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the exisiting Steering Groups and start up new groups in Dorset and Somerset. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

We look forward to meeting you at a future Young Planners event.