RTPI Cymru invites RTPI members to get involved in the Policy and Research Forum
RTPI Cymru's Policy and Research Forum are looking for members from across Wales to get involved and contribute towards our work programme from 2020.
An important part of RTPI Cymru's work is to engage with and support activity to provide Wales with an effective strategic and policy framework for planning. Supporting RTPI officers in this work, RTPI Cymru has a Policy and Research Forum constituted by members from across Wales.
The Forum plays a key role in the work of RTPI Cymru and the wider Institute, including proactively initiating debate and inputting into relevant research, linking into Institute policy, practice and research and developing and promoting policy positions in all planning aspects.
Our activities include leading on the development of planning and related policy, including responding to consultations and promoting the use of research and the good practice of planning across Wales.
In January 2019, RTPI Cymru published its study into the effectiveness of rural exception site policy in Wales. It makes a number of recommendations including the need for clarification of data and definitions and the need for a rural affordable housing toolkit that explains rural exception site processes, engagement, and links to other affordable housing tools and options.
We are awaiting Welsh Government's detailed response to Law Commission's report on Planning Law in Wales. RTPI Cymru's Policy and Research Forum engaged with the Law Commission throughout the consultation period and we welcome their work, in particular the emphasis on the consolidation of planning law in Wales. We look forward to hearing Welsh Government's views and working with them in the future on any changes to legislation.
There have been some significant consultations over the past couple of months and the Forum has been engaged in some interesting discussions and inquiries including the barriers facing small builders. Planning Policy Wales was restructured into policy themes around the Well-being Goals and we recently welcomed the consultation on the draft National Development Framework.
All of RTPI Cymru's responses to consultations can be found on our website.
This is your opportunity to get involved
We need the Forum to reflect our membership in Wales, including geographically, professionally and across the sectors. We encourage nominations from all Chartered an Associate members, and at all stages of careers. We need our members to help set our direction of work so we know what's needed and is useful to our members.
Becoming a member of the Forum would require attendance at a quarterly meeting and contributing to discussion via email, but we understand that you have day jobs and we take this into account, as much as possible, by making the meetings informal and completing business as quickly as possible.
So why not put your name forward, or encourage someone else to apply? It's an excellent source of CPD!
You will need to be a Chartered or Associate member of the Institute. Positions will be from January 2020 for a three year period. If you are interested please email RTPI Cymru firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application form here.
The RTPI Cymru Policy and Research Forum has an interesting year ahead!