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PR 04 - New RTPI President Jim Claydon puts 'positive planning' at the heart of his presidential year

24 January 2007

Jim Claydon will become only the second ever directly elected President of the Royal Town Planning Institute on Wednesday 24 January 2007. Jim will put 'Positive Planning' at the heart of his year as President. The event will take place at Woburn House, London at 16:00 directly following the RTPI General Assembly beginning at 11.00am.

Jim Claydon, President of the RTPI said: \"Positive Planning' is about recognising, promoting and developing planning. It is about recognising the role planning plays in addressing many of the social, environmental and economic problems we face both in the UK and abroad. It is about promoting the planning profession as a visionary, democratic and transparent tool to both users and planners. And positive planning is about demonstrating professional leadership and partnership working through excellence in learning, skills development, training and practice. Planning is now more than ever, centre stage.

Jim claydon is Technical Director of Terence O'Rourke Planning Consultants (TOR), based in Bath and was TOR's lead on the DEFRA project piloting marine spatial planning. He is also leading TOR's contribution to CLG's 'Spatial Plans In Practice' project. Jim was  a member of RTPI General Assembly and Executive Board for five years and was formerly Chair of the South West Branch of the RTPI.

Before joining Terence O'Rourke, Jim was Head of the School of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England (UWE). He had formerly worked as a strategic planner for both Devon and Leicestershire County Councils. He has been an advisor in different capacities to a variety of bodies. Jim has lectured widely and led seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing in books and journals. He continues to take an active role in the academic environment and is currently Visiting Professor at UWE's Faculty of the Built Environment.


For further information, a photo or to reserve a place, please contact:

Andrew Kliman, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479, email:


Notes to Editors

1. For a full CV and photograph of Jim Claydon please contact Andrew Kliman on the details above.

2. The event will take place at:

Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, LondonWC1H 9HQ.

Timetable of events:

11:00 - 11.30           Coffee

11:30 - 13.30           Presentations and questions

                              Terry Stevens, Chair of RTPI Cymru

                              Spatial Planning in Wales – the current situation and the political and professional challenges of the coming year.

                              Alistair Stark, Convenor of the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee

                              The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 – the challenges of lobbying and the challenges of implementation

                              Kay Powell, Secretary of the National Planning Forum

The English Planning White Paper – meeting the challenges of Barker, Stern, and Eddington and the HDCR

13:30 - 14.15           Lunch

14.15 - 15.00           Discussion

                              Meeting the challenges for spatial planning and the RTPI in 2007

15:00 - 15:30           General Assembly Business

15:30 - 15:45           Launch of Associate Membership

15:45 - 16:00           Tea

16:00 - 16:30           Presidential handover and inaugural speech

16:30 - 18.00        Outgoing Presidential Reception

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

3.  The RoyalTown Planning Institute (RTPI)

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

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