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RTPI regions commit to supporting climate action campaign

02 August 2019

RTPI’s English regions have thrown their weight behind a national call to give more resources and powers to planning authorities to tackle climate change.

The regions – East Midlands, West Midlands, London, North West, Yorkshire, South West, North East, South East and East of England – are a vital part of the RTPI, providing members with training, lectures, social events, newsletters, local information and networking opportunities.

They are delighted to support the RTPI’s national Resource Planning for Climate Action campaign, which was launched by President Ian Tant at the recent RTPI Planning Convention.

The campaign calls on the Government to take radical climate actions around buildings and transport, and to develop a tool to help local authorities gauge the carbon impact of existing and emerging local plans. 

RTPI Head of English Regions Sarah Woodford said: “It’s great to see RTPI’s English regions getting behind our national campaign and considering climate change and its implications at a local level.

“The regions are such an important part of the RTPI and I’m sure that their support for the biggest issue facing the planet will demonstrate that we as planners are committed to finding practical solutions and sharing these through our regional CPD, training and events.”

RTPI Yorkshire’s Planning Excellence Awards Presentation will this year feature a keynote speech from Prof Harriet Bulkeley titled ‘Tackling Climate Change - If nature is the solution, what's the problem? ‘

RTPI Yorkshire Chair Richard Wood said: “Planners have a crucial role in rising to the challenges of climate change through effective and joined-up spatial planning. Places need to adapt and overcome these challenges to achieve sustainable and resilient development. 

“It’s important that planners and built environment professionals have the latest knowledge and technical advice in order to empower them in their roles. I’m delighted Harriet can join us in Yorkshire and look forward to hearing her expertise on this important and timely topic.”


RTPI Yorkshire’s Awards Evening featuring a keynote speech from Prof Harriet Bulkeley takes place on 3 October 2019 at The Hospitium in York. This event is sure to sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.