Christopher Tunnell FRTPI, the UK leader of planning for Arup, has been elected Fellow of the RTPI in recognition of his major contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public, particularly his support and commitment shown to local authority planners and his leadership and influence in the interpretation of Green Belt policies.
Mr Tunnell (pictured) has worked in professional planning for 28 years with extensive experience in consultancy and local government.
His impressive record in leading innovation in national policies as well as in local planning includes three studies for the government looking at the practical resourcing of the planning system and planning fees, a new approach for district councils to set housing number guidelines for neighbourhood plans, and a transport modelling approach to better inform the critical effect of road traffic generated by new development on European Habitats Sites.
He also has significant planning practice overseas including work on a masterplan in Victoria, South Africa, and a strategic plan for the Seychelles which aimed to improve housing, environmental protection and tourism.
Mr Tunnell said: “Being elected to fellow feels like a significant achievement as it indicates recognition by my fellow town planners of the contribution I have made over the past 30 years. It is also a tribute to the planners who have supported and mentored my own career.
“The award encourages me to promote membership of the RTPI to my wider team and stand shoulder to shoulder with professionals in other disciplines such as architecture and surveying. Town planners should be confident in their achievements and in their future role.”
Victoria Hills, RTPI Chief Executive, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations, on behalf of the Institute, to Christopher. Fellowship is the highest professional membership grade available to a planner. It recognises exceptional candidates after extensive peer review for the excellence and impact of their work. It also further validates that planning is a prestigious and valued profession for which our fellows are the best ambassadors.”