Sue Taylor, Chair of the National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) and Planning Enforcement Manager at Barnsley Council , received the rare privilege of being elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute at NAPE's annual conference last week (10 November).
The award is given to those who have made a significant contribution to planning. There are currently only 56 Honorary Members, out of a membership of 23,000.
Richard Summers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: "Honorary Membership is not bestowed lightly by the Institute, and it is only given those who have made a significant contribution to the science and art of planning. Sue has played a key role in raising the profile of planning enforcement, initially through her work with the Planning Executives' Association and in particular as a founder member and outgoing Chair of NAPE (National Association for Planning Enforcement). The election to Honorary Membership is richly deserved and I am delighted to welcome Sue to Honorary Membership."
Sue Taylor said: "I am obviously thrilled at being elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, but I think it is only proper to see this as recognition of the work of planning enforcement officers up and down the country. Not only is enforcement an integral part of the planning process but it is perhaps the most visible part in the eyes of the public. As Bob Neill MP said at last year's NAPE conference, planning enforcement is a tough job and that enforcement officers are the 'unsung heroes of planning'. Well, I hope that the Honorary Membership will help to ensure that our voice is heard a bit more loudly!"
Head of Regulatory Services at Barnsley Metropolitan Council Simon Frow said: "Barnsley MBC recognise the importance of professional bodies such as the RTPI and will always support their work to the best of our ability, even in these difficult times. We are proud of the work and dedication that Sue has shown in supporting and leading NAPE and trust that the good work will continue as we move forward."
Sue has over 30 years experience in local government and has worked in planning enforcement since 1986. Prior to working for Barnsley MBC, Sue worked in Sheffield City Council and Bolsover District Council, gaining a wide experience of enforcement issues. She obtained the Advanced Professional Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law in 1986.