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Ian's blog

RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI shares his thoughts on topical issues relating to planning. 

17 December

48078323078_712ef 8b 90e _c (1)Britain's National Parks - a happy birthday?

RTPI President Ian Tant celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UK's National Parks. Read more

6 December

Ian Tant Portsmouth Hayling Island Ferry 182 X 121Great planning creating great places in the South East

RTPI President Ian Tant writes about his Presidential visit to the South East region. Read more

25 November

North East VisitConfidence and challenge in the North East

RTPI President Ian Tant on his recent two-day official visit to the RTPI's North East region. Read more

18 October 

South West BlogDelivery, restoration and inspiration in the South West

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Ian Tant visited Dartmoor recently as part of a two-day official visit to the RTPI's South West region. Read more

27 September

LimerickHistory, Culture, Talent – and Determination A Planner's View of Limerick

There are many words beginning with "D" that enter the conversation when discussing planning in Limerick – "Deprivation", "Dereliction" and "Distance" to name but three. Read more

26 August

National ParkOur National Parks at 70

National Parks are special places and each is unique, but some common problems are emerging, as RTPI President Ian Tant finds. Read more

05 August

ChesterfieldPlanning, perseverance & ambition in the East Midlands

Ian Tant witnesses how planning is changing Chesterfield and the Peak District National Park for the better. Read more

29 July 

Wales SlatePoetry 'n' motion in North Wales

RTPI President Ian Tant finds great planning is helping to sustain and regenerate the economy of North Wales and transform its historic towns. Read more

22 July

OttawaCongratulations to the Canadian Institute of Planning on their centenary

Ian celebrates the centenary of the Canadian Institute of Planning. Read more

08 July

YorkshireTown and country planning in Yorkshire

The contrast between metropolitan and deep rural areas in Yorkshire makes planning particularly challenging, says RTPI President Ian Tant. Read more

25 June

Dundee WaterfrontAwards, beliefs and communities in Scottish planning

Award-winning projects in Scotland demonstrate the vision, leadership, community engagement and adaptability of the planning profession, Ian Tant finds on a recent tour. Read more

21 June

Preston Bus StationPassion for planning in the North West

Planners in the North West share a fervent desire to see much-loved loved places thrive and regenerate, President Ian Tant finds. Read more

07 June

SuffolkCulture and heritage inspire planning in Suffolk

Planning in Suffolk embraces heritage and culture as assets, RTPI President Ian Tant writes after a tour of the county. Read more

24 May

AustraliaLessons from Australia

RTPI President Ian Tant brings back important lessons about strategic leadership and inclusive planning from Australia. Read more

06 May

London RegionRoads less travelled? RTPI President visits London Region

If there is a theme to my Presidential visits this year, it's to visit those places past Presidents haven't reached. Read more

26 April

AmericaPositive planning abounds in America

RTPI President Ian Tant finds optimism in planning in America and many common big issues like those back home. Read more

11 April

Birmingham City CentreRebuilding strategic planning in the West Midlands?

Combined authorities and local authorities both have roles to play to reboot strategic regional planning vital to solving the housing crisis, says RTPI President Ian Tant. Read more

02 April

Tant Brexit

Life at the sharpest edge of Brexit

RTPI President reflects on what the lack of a functioning government and Brexit uncertainty mean for Northern Ireland after a visit there last week. Read more

19 March


The value of the RTPI at MIPIM

Presence at MIPIM marked the RTPI's first step this year onto an international stage in thought-leadership, says President Ian Tant who was there with Chief Executive Victoria Hills speaking up for planning. Read more