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New chair will reboot planning enforcement network

02 February 2018

Neill Whittaker MRTPI

The new Chair of the RTPI’s planning enforcement network – the National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) - will conduct a wholesale review of its services and support following his election on 15 January. Neill Whittaker MRTPI, who serves as Chair for two years, will conduct the review to ensure the network continues to be relevant to its members.

On being elected, Neill said:

“Having worked in planning enforcement for the majority of my career, I am honoured to be elected as Chair of NAPE. I am passionate about enforcement and believe it is a key component of any successful planning system.

“As Chair I will begin a wholesale review of NAPE and the services and support we provide. This will be the main item on the agenda for our forthcoming committee meeting. We have a fantastic new committee and I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues from all over the UK.

“As the largest and most active RTPI network I believe it is extremely important for NAPE to support its members and to provide a voice for enforcement when at times it is the forgotten part of the process. When things go wrong it is usually enforcement officers who are called upon to provide answers. At a time when pressure continues to increase on resources, placing a strain on the planning system, I believe NAPE is now more relevant than ever.”

Neill works at Ivy Legal, a specialist planning law and planning enforcement consultancy, and has over 10 years experience in planning and planning enforcement, managing planning enforcement teams at a number of local authorities.

The NAPE Management Committee has representatives from across the UK:


North of England: John Bradley

South East: Tom Wicks

South West: Dawn Russell

Midlands: Craig Allison (and Vice Chair)

Northern Ireland

Chris Blair


Mark Dunlop


Each year NAPE holds an annual conference to share best practice, knowledge, receive updates on the latest enforcement issues as well as networking. This year’s conference will be held in the Midlands in November.

Join NAPE today.