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Planning president makes site visit to Bracknell Forest

22 June 2011

Bracknell Forest Richard SummersBracknell's regeneration plans and its architectural heritage have been inspected by one of the most senior figures in the planning industry.

Richard Summers, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), took a tour of the town centre, including a guided visit to the new Waitrose store construction site.

Mr Summers was also informed of the plans for the regeneration of the town centre and how the council is working with developer Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) to drive forward the new town centre.

Mr Summers said: "I was delighted to join planners in a visit to one of BRP's flagship redevelopment projects to bring a major new Waitrose store to Bracknell and to see the initial ground work in progress.

"They have every reason to be very proud of what they are achieving to reinvigorate the original New Town central area to meet modern needs and aspirations."

The RTPI is is the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive planning. Its aim is to advance the science and art of planning for the benefit of the public.

Vincent Haines, head of development management at the council, who gave Mr Summers a run down of Bracknell Forest's planning history and heritage, said: "To have the president of the RTPI visit Bracknell Forest and study our plans for the future was an honour.

"The RTPI prides itself on advancing the planning system and so it was a great opportunity to show Mr Summers how we are working with developers to create the best outcome for the community, especially how we are working so closely with BRP in regenerating the town centre."