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PR 22 - RTPI set to launch rural planning network

12 June 2007

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is set to launch the Rural Planning Network at 1.10pm on Thursday 14 June at its Planning Convention in London's QE2 Centre. The Network will bring together planners and other experts to discuss the pressures facing rural areas and communities and help plan for those communities that make up the majority of the countryside. The Network will investigate new approaches to managing rural spatial planning that will achieve innovative and realistic outputs.

Some of the key issues the Network will address are: post office closures; poor public transport provision; enough housing for local people; the effect on the countryside of unsightly polytunnels; and changes to the Green Belt.

Rhian Brimble, RTPI Rural Planning Network Manager said: \"The Network will push rural planning issues further up the agenda, both within planning and, we hope, with Government. It is through sharing information, experience and expertise that we will provide innovative and realistic solutions to many of the problems faced by rural communities.\"

The RTPI Rural Planning Network will:

  •     bring rural planning practitioners together to discuss and find solutions to rural planning problems and opportunities;
  •     provide a means of exchanging news, information and knowledge;
  •     advise government and other bodies on all issues related to rural planning;
  •     provide a voice for its members on rural planning issues;
  •     research rural planning challenges.

Trevor Cherrett, Head of Planning, Housing & Transport at the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) said: \"The CRC warmly welcomes the launch of the Rural Planning Network. It is especially timely in the wake of the new Planning White Paper. \"


For further information please contact:
Andrew Kliman, Communications Manager, RTPI on 020 7929 9479  
Rhian Brimble, Rural Planning Network Manager, RTPI on 01443 229852

Notes to Editors
1. The Rural Planning Network will be managed by Rhian Brimble, RTPI Network Manager and a group of experts will form a Core Group to advise on rural issues.

2. To attend the launch free of charge please contact Andrew Kliman, Communications Officer, RTPI (details above).

3. The launch will take place at 1.10pm, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London during the RTPI's annual Planning Convention.

4. RTPI: The Royal Town Planning Institute
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. The RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners
worldwide, with over 20,000 members.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:
41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865