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PR 28 - New Chief Planner welcome

21 May 2008

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has welcomed the appointment of Steve Quartermain to the role of Chief Planner at the Department of Communities and Local Government and is calling on him to ensure that good planning outcomes are not undermined by the current economic downturn.

RTPI Director of Policy, Rynd Smith, said: \"The role of chief planner is an important one. The Government is implementing major changes to the planning system, which need practical leadership. Steve Quartermain has a strong record of delivering quality at local government level and commands widespread respect in the profession. It is good news for planning that Steve has been appointed to this key post.

\"The current economic downturn is likely to make mediating development priorities and delivering outcomes, such as 3 million new homes, a more challenging task. We urge Steve to resist pressures to let economic expediency overcome good planning.\"

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Dale Atkinson, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479

Notes to Editors:

The Royal Town Planning Institute 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 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865