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Independent Consultants’ Network

About the Independent Consultants’ Network

The Independent Consultants' Network (ICN) is for chartered town planners who are sole practitioners or who run their own small practices (with other planners or related professionals).

Its purpose is to provide targeted information and resources, and provide a forum for independent consultants to discuss issues and share practice.

Join the ICN

The Network's objectives are to:

1. Reflect the interests and concerns of independent consultants by providing a forum for them to discuss relevant issues
2. Support and raise the profile of independent consultants
3. Signpost independent consultants to training, events and other resources to help develop their knowledge and skills
4. Offer friendly contact and informal support to lone workers


Email Discussion Forum

We have an active forum for consultants to discuss issues, support and advise each other. To join email the network manager. Please read our protocol when you join.

Steering Group

The ICN has a Steering Group which meets at least twice a year. Current members are: Peter Lloyd (Chair), Alyn Nicholls, Andrew Metcalfe, Ranjit Sagoo, Jacqueline Veater and Brian Waters. Further details of the ICN Steering Group members can be found here. If you wish to get involved or contact the Steering Group, please contact the network manager.

The last meeting of the Steering Group was held on the 5th July 2023, click here to access the minutes of this meeting.

The ICN Annual Report for 2022 can be found here.

Meetings and Networking

The RTPI is also willing to assist in the organisation of member initiatives for ICN meetings or networking opportunities. Please contact the network manager if you have any suggestions.

Additional wider-RTPI resources:

A number of members in our network are involved in neighbourhood planning, we therefore recommend the following resources: