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Planning through difficult economic times - President impressed with Yorkshire planners

27 July 2015

RTPI President,  Janet Askew, visited the Yorkshire region last week, in a trip that included Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield, to see the work planners are involved in on the ground in helping to create great places.

LeedsOn her tour Janet was taken to the construction site of the new Victoria Gate shopping centre.  Here she is pictured (left) with Tim Hill, the Chief Planner of Leeds City Council, who also took her and other RTPI members to look at the regeneration schemes on the south bank of Leeds.  Some innovative inner-city housing is being built by young, inspirational firm, CITU, who are also building new housing in Sheffield city centre.  Their aim is to build zero carbon housing on difficult sites, and to provide real affordable and mixed housing for a range of people, young and old.

Women JanetIn Sheffield Janet was shown around the Kelham Island redevelopment, where she met an all women team of planners, project managers and surveyors (pictured, right) , and was given a presentation on strategic planning at the city council. 

The RTPI Yorkshire region is very active, and the successful visit culminated in the Yorkshire annual lecture, held in the Leeds Civic Hall banqueting suite, with guest speaker, Alfonso Vegara.  

Janet Askew said “ I am very impressed with the efforts of planners and their initiatives in planning through difficult times. We must not forget that these northern cities offer stunning landscapes of spectacular Victorian heritage which is being incorporated into their regeneration schemes.”

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