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Independent Consultants' Network

"The ICN has proved an essential support to a new sole practitioner"- feedback from ICN member 

About the ICN:


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:


Reflect the interests and concerns of independent consultants by providing a forum for them to discuss relevant issues 


Support and raise the profile of independent consultants 


Signpost independent consultants to training, events and other resources to help develop their knowledge and skills


Offer friendly contact and informal support to lone workers



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Email Discussion Forum

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 three times a year, current members are: Deirdre Wells (Chair), John Lynch, Derek McKenzie, Christopher Kendall and Helen Prangley. 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 20 November 2019. Click here to access the minutes of this meeting.

Meetings and Networking 

The RTPI is also willing to assist in the organisation of member initiatives for ICN meetings or networking opportunities. We also organise an annual PINS meeting in Bristol. Please contact the network manager if you have any such suggestions. 

Annual Conference 2019

The presentations from our 2019 Conference held in Bristol on 3-4 October 2019 can be found here:

Additional wider-RTPI resources:

Blog: Starting your own Private Planning Practice 

Starting your own Private Practice

Promoting yourself: online directory of consultants 

Guide to using the RTPI logo for promotional use

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

Neighbourhood Planning Support, Locality

The Forum for Neighbourhood Planning


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