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RTPI backs programme to nurture place-making leadership

13 December 2018

The RTPI has joined The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Local Government Association (LGA) to launch Future Place, a two-phase initiative to recognise, reward and encourage high quality placemaking in England.

A two-phase initiative

Phase one will highlight the vital role that Local Planning Authorities play in creating great places to live and work by celebrating best practice examples and the potential of placemaking in England.

The RTPI, RIBA, CIH and LGA have launched an open call for Local Authorities who are working with public, private or voluntary sector partners to deliver exemplary placemaking visions – regardless of size or budget. 

From the open call submissions, the selected exemplars will be announced at the UK Government's stand at MIPIM 2019, the world's leading property expo (12-15 March).

In phase two of the Future Place programme, Local Authorities will be asked to nominate two Future Place-Makers from their team to participate in a leadership programme; a digital resource will then be created to share best practice and processes.

By sharing innovative approaches to funding, design and delivery, the Future Place programme aims to demonstrate the potential and necessary conditions for successful placemaking in England.

Victoria Hills MRTPI, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:

“A robust and dynamic planning department is at the heart of place-making to create vibrant, prosperous communities. Our annual Excellence in Planning Awards celebrates the best examples of how places are being transformed through forward-looking and collaborative planning leadership. 

"But we also know that local planning teams are operating under severe resource constraints. We are backing this programme as it will give a much-needed boost to leadership development."

RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, said:

“It is vital that we encourage the development of desirable and sustainable places to live and work. There is much good practice already happening in the UK and this project has been designed to celebrate innovative approaches and share intelligence.

"I look forward to working with our partner organisations over the next few months to shine a light on some of the great work and to see how by investing in local support and increased collaboration, our professionals can create successful communities."

Chartered Institute of Housing President, Jim Strang, said:

“Local authorities play an absolutely vital role in creating thriving communities that are great places to live and work, and crucially in providing genuinely affordable housing. We’re delighted to be working with our partners at RIBA, RTPI and LGA on this project.”

Councillor Martin Tett, Chair of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board at the LGA, said:

“Councils play a critical role in setting the vision and shaping the delivery of high-quality places where people want to live, work and enjoy their time. The LGA is proud to represent councils as a partner of the Future Place initiative.”

The open call for expressions of interest is open until 22 January 2019. 

More information here.