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RTPI Guardian Letter

14 November 2014

After 100 years planning remains a hot topic and a cool discipline (‘For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again’ 11 November).


Tom Campbell correctly highlighted the major challenges faced by our towns and cities and the need for strong professional planning to address these challenges. The delivery of schemes such as King’s Cross London and the Dundee waterfront redevelopment shows planners demonstrating this. But make no mistake, we need more chartered town planners both within the UK and globally and we must continually strive to up our game.

The RTPI Is celebrating 100 years of professional planning by looking forward to future challenges. This week we are publishing the final two Planning Horizons reports on Creating Economically Successful Places and Making Better Decisions for Places. The series explores the major economic, social and environmental global challenges facing society in the twenty-first century, how planning and planners can make a difference and the skills, tools and trends they must focus on. They illustrate why planning remains such a hot topic and a fascinating and demanding discipline.

Trudi Elliott CBE

Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)