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Politicians in Planning Network (PIPN)

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is delighted to announce the launch of a new network to bring together politicians involved in planning and planning decisions. The RTPI’s Politicians in Planning Network will enable local authority and parliamentary politicians across all UK and Ireland planning systems to share best practice, to access information and receive a regular newsletter on planning matters free of charge.   

Local politicians play a pivotal role in ensuring the communities they represent have the access to the right homes and infrastructure for their needs. The RTPI is the leading professional institute to represent the planning profession across the UK and is the only body that can confer Chartered status to planning professionals. 

"I’m really excited to hear about this new network. Politicians often face challenging decisions, having to balance the needs and wants of their local community against the merits or otherwise of new development. Having others to talk to will undoubtedly help improve the quality and timeliness of their decisions." - Brendan Walsh, Cratus Associate and former Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment at London Borough of Hounslow 

The RTPI will, through this new network,  seek to bridge the gap between planning professionals and politicians to support shared ambitions for vibrant, healthy and sustainable places for communities to live and work in,  particularly as we start to recover from the global pandemic.

If you are a politician working in planning you can join the network by registering here