Welcome from our new chair for 2020 John Dagg
I am very pleased to be taking the East of England regional chair this year. Adam Banham has done an excellent job and his will be a hard act to follow. We are fortunate in having
a diverse committee with a range of representation including from County , City, Borough and District Authorities , Anglian Water, varied consultancies and development companies . We are always interested to hear from RTPI members from students to experienced chartered planners who would like to be involved. Do contact Stacey Bunn our regional coordinator if you have ideas for events or would like to volunteer.
This year we are hoping to strengthen our links with two Universities in the Region: Anglia Ruskin and Hertfordshire both of which run courses in planning. We all know that there is a shortage of planners and of planning skills. The environmental and development pressures in the East of England are acute and we aim to both assist in recruitment to the profession and to boost the skills of those already practising. The Region’s programme can also be an enjoyable way to network , exchange information and socialise.
There is a great deal going on the East of England: the re-emergence of sub-regional planning , joint local plans , major infrastructure , the eastern extent of the 'Oxford -Cambridge Arc' and new settlement proposals. At a national level it seems clear that the new government is intent on some planning reform. The Environment Bill will be in Parliament. The issues of housing need and affordability are as pressing as ever. This is all against the background of the urgency of addressing climate change.
These are interesting times for planners! We look forward to seeing you at our events and hearing from you in 2020.