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RTPI Centenary 2014

RTPI South West will be celebrating 2014 by holding a series of additional events on top of our normal regional programme.

Planning Debates

Two centenary planning debates hosted by the planning schools at UWE and Plymouth University.

RTPI SW Centenary Debate - Are the Nimbys Right?

Thursday 27th March 2014, Plymouth University - 5.30 pm Drinks and Refreshments, 6.00 to 8.00 pm Debate

Matthew Taylor, who is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and an acknowledged expert on housing and planning policy, haing recently led the Government's review of planning policy guidance, will pose the question Are the Nimbys right?  Further details and how to make a booking can be found on the event flier.  As a result of generous sponsorship provided by No. 5 Chambers and Plymouth University this event is FREE

RTPI SW Centenary Quiz

How good is your knowledge of the South West and Planning?  Complete the 50 questions in our Centenary Quiz to win two free tickets to the RTPI SW Centenary Dinner taking place at the Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol on Friday 4th July 2014.  Closing date for entries is 6thJune 2014.    

Please note that the Judge's decision is final and should there be more than one winning entry, names will be drawn from a hat. 

RTPI SW Centenary Dinner - Friday 4th July 2014

The RTPI SW is pleased to annouce that its Centenary Dinner will be held at the Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, on Friday 4th July.  Join us at this four course, black tie event with after dinner speaker, Kevin Murrary.  See dinner flier for full details. 

Classical concert

The Exeter Symphony Orchestra will be performing a concert to celebrate the RTPI's centenary on the 8th March 2014 in Exeter Cathedral. The Orchestra is a full size Symphony Orchestra with an excellent reputation and will be performing a wide range of classical music.

Centenary publication

A centenary publication that seeks to assess how the evolving planning system and the planning profession has responded to a series of challenges in the South West over the last 100 years. It is proposed that these responses will be set out in a special, much expanded, issue of the RTPI South West Newsletter to coincide with the RTPI SW Centenary Dinner. 

Schools Competition

The SW Region is planning a competition involving secondary schools from across the region to mark the Institute's Centenary. The aim behind this initiative is to raise awareness and interest in planning amongst the next generation, to inform possible future career choices and to complement teaching of the school curriculum focused around geography, environment  and sustainable development.

The structure of the competition is currently being developed with the aim of enabling both pre GCSE and A Level students to participate.  We envisage schools from across the counties and cities of the South West participating in a two stage process culminating in a short list of schools presenting their ideas at UWE or Plymouth University Planning Schools.

 Building on the experience of the last 100 years of planning in the UK, the school students will be asked to identify the key challenges that will be faced over the next century, offer a positive vision of what their town and the SW region will be like and suggest what society can do through planning to help deliver that vision.  This is a deliberately long sighted and bold exercise which we feel will engage young minds.

 We are planning a formal launch of the competition prior to Easter, supported by a competition pack, with submissions due in by the autumn half term.  This will allow schools to find time to work on the project over two terms and make use of the post summer exam period. The SW Region has put aside a budget to encourage and enable schools to participate.  We aim to publicise the competition using University / School connections and Geographical Association and Royal Geographical Society networks.

We are now looking for members to assist with promoting, supporting and judging the competition. This may include making visits to schools as part of the RTPI Ambassadors scheme with which this initiative supports.  If you are interested in being part of the competition team please contact Helen Clarke in the first instance at