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Leading planner joins new sustainability commission

04 April 2016

Janet Askew, Immediate Past President of the RTPI, has been invited to sit on the panel of a new industry-led commission which aims to establish a “clear-cut” set of guidelines for gauging the sustainability credentials of developments.

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) will evaluate social, economic and environmental factors and produce a universal ‘scorecard’ to be used in assessing projects.

The SDC, set up by planning consultancy Iceni Projects, will include a wide spectrum of organisations representing interests from both residential and commercial developments. The group includes representatives from Campaign to Protect Rural England, Birmingham council, Cherwell council, South Northamptonshire council, Land Securities, Crest Nicholson and Dentons.

Janet Askew said: "I am delighted to have been invited to sit on the newly established Sustainable Development Commission.  Iceni  Projects has initiated this with an auspicious group of people, all of whom have much experience to contribute to devising a new set of sustainability criteria, which it is hoped will be adopted by the public and private sectors.  

“It is to be chaired by Nick Raynsford, a recently retired MP who has been a supporter of the RTPI and good planning for many years.  I am optimistic about the outcomes of this new commission."

Iceni executive director Ian Anderson added: “The challenge will be to find a system that captures the requirements for sustainable development in a clear and easy way across different scales of projects and different land uses.”