The Planning Inspectorate, the government agency for planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales, has contributed £5,500 to two student bursary schemes the RTPI has set up to tackle the shortage of planners.
Launched in June 2015, the RTPI Future Planners Bursary fund allows students from any discipline including law, politics, geography or architecture who decide to choose planning as a career, to apply for a £1,000 award if they enrol on an accredited University Masters course in town planning.
Another new undergraduate RTPI Trust Bursary has been made available to eligible students to promote diversity and accessibility of the profession. The contribution from the Inspectorate will go to support both bursaries.
Over 90 students will have been supported across 2015-16 and 2016-17 with RTPI bursaries. Twenty-five RTPI accredited planning schools are supporting the initiatives in 2016-17.
Sarah Richards, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate, said: “Planning plays a vital role in shaping our environment, from protecting our architectural heritage and the countryside to providing great design for new buildings. This is why we need to keep encouraging the best talent into the planning profession.”
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the RTPI, said:
“The bursary funds were launched to help address the shortage of planners in the UK and have been growing from strength to strength. They are a true partnership between the RTPI, universities, and the public and private sectors and we are delighted to have PINS as the latest sponsor. Their support will give us additional financial backing which will help us build on the schemes' achievements.”
Current sponsors of the bursary schemes include Department of Local Government and Communities, Barton Wilmore and donations from the RTPI Trust, RTPI Regions, RTPI Past Presidents and other RTPI members.
See here for further information on the bursary schemes.