Participating in one of the RTPI's networks is a great way to meet and mingle with fellow professionals whilst sharing your own interests and expertise. Our committees and networks are served by volunteer members who give their time to help develop activities.
Transport Planning Network
The RTPI-TPS Transport Planning Network (TPN) is a member-driven forum for transport planners and those with an interest in transport issues. You can join the network at any time, and the voluntary Chair and Vice Chair are recruited every two years from within the network.
Urban Design Network (UDN)
The Royal Town Planning Institute’s Urban Design Network is engaged in championing the value of good urban design. The network aims to address issues that might bring greater clarity to urban design in planning practice. The Network run an occasional newsletter and organises an annual event related to the current issues in urban design, planning and heritage offering continuing professional development for all planning practitioners. You can join the network at any time, and the voluntary Chair and Vice Chair are recruited every two years from within the network. The next call for nominations will be in March 2024. Find out more here.
National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE)
The RTPI NAPE network is an essential resource for anyone working in planning enforcement which can be joined from any of the RTPI Membership Classes. Enforcement officers provide a critical function for planning and NAPE’s primary purpose is to promote the role of enforcement within this system. You can join the network as a member at any time. It is overseen by the Management Committee which contains representatives from each region and nation and meets at least twice a year. If you would like to join 50% of the seats go up for re-election by the network each year. Calls for nominations are put out via the network’s newsletter. More information on the Management Committee roles can be found here. The Chair and Vice Chair nominate themselves every two years from the Management Committee.
Independent Consultants' Network (ICN)
The RTPI ICN network is for chartered town planners who are sole practitioners or who run their own small practices (with other planners or related professionals). The network aims to provide targeted information and resources and provide a forum for independent consultants to discuss issues and share practice. The ICN has a Steering Group which meets at least twice a year. Applications to join open each August for the following year, if there are more applicants then seats on the Steering Group the successful applicants are determined by the nominations sub-committee. More information on what being a member of the Steering Group entails can be found here. The Chair nominates themselves every two years from the Steering Group.
If you are in the first 10 years of your career, you can also get involved and shape the future of planning by joining your local Young Planners.