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This page is your one stop spot for local RTPI News including Presidents Visits, Awards and Branchout. Branchout is your local newsletter keeping you up-to-date with RTPI South West news and planning issues and is published four times a year.

Your editor is Julie O’Rourke, South West Junior Vice Chair. Please get in touch with any suggested articles.

RTPI South West raises £726.25 for charity

RTPI South West has a long tradition of raising money for local and national charities at its annual corporate dinner. This year due to the COVID19 pandemic, were unable to host the dinner which was due to take place on the 12 June 2020 at We the Curious in Bristol.

For 2020, RTPI South West had agreed to support housing related charities and in particular those that supported homeless people, giving them the right support and tools. The Charities chosen to benefit from a raffle were Caring in Bristol and Julian House.

Given the pandemic we are currently in and the extra crucial support these charities need to help their clients to stay safe, healthy and access the care they need, RTPI South West held a virtual raffle. The raffle ran throughout June with RTPI SW Chair Dawn de Vries drawing out the winning numbers on the 2 July. All winners have been notified and prizes sent on.

Thank you for your support.

Presidents Visits

9 June - RTPI President Sue Manns explored the Southmead Regeneration Project as part of her series of virtual Presidential visits to the RTPI's regions. The Southmead project was selected as Highly Commeded at the RTPI South West Awards 2019 for its exemplary approaches to community engagement. Sue Manns met with key members of the project team to discuss how this project has come to be such a success and the lessons learnt.

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26 July - RTPI President Sue Manns meets with South West Young Planners for a discussion on student housing, public houses, homeworking and access to open space in light of Covid-19

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22 October - RTPI President Sue Manns met with Planners to discuss the 'Challenges and Opportunities of Planning on the Channel Islands and Isle of Scilly with particular focus on Climate Change'

Presentation 1: Climate Change in Jersey, their Shoreline Management Plan and how that is feeding into their Island Plan Review.
Presentation 2: Climate Change in Guernsey and the challenges of flooding. Case study a proposed development at Leale’s Yard
Presentation 3: The Challenges of fitting Scilly into National Planning Policy. Case study ‘Smart Islands’

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There are 7 shortlisted entries in the RTPI SW Awards for Planning Excellence. Winners will be announced on the 18 November.  

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Autumn 2020 edition includes articles on

RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence
New Eco Stadium for Stroud
South West Young Planners
University Prizes - Plymouth
Neighbourhood Planning
Lessons for LPA officers
RMB RAC Update
Getting to know you - Jadine Havill
Zoning - experiences from New Zealand
PD Rights Update
Dementia & Planning
Negotiating delivery of Gypsy &Traveller sites
On the right track

Article: Strategic planning in the West of England takes a further turn

Written by
Geoff Walker, Member of the Regional Activities Committee, RTPI South West  
May 2020