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Royal Town Planning Institute RTPI
The term ‘town planning’ was first used in the UK in 1906, and in 1909, the Housing, Town Planning, etc Act first empowered local authorities to prepare development schemes for land. In 1910, Thomas Adams was appointed the first Town Planning Inspector and in 1913, an invitation was sent out to interested practitioners to join a Town Planning Institute, chaired by Adams.
The purpose of the institute was described as:
- To advance the study of town-planning, civic design and kindred subjects, and of the arts and sciences as applied to those subjects;
- To promote the artistic and scientific development of towns and cities;
- To secure the association, and to promote the general interests of those engaged or interested in the practice of town-planning.
The RTPI is now the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members. It is based at 41 Botolph Lane in London and has regional offices throughout the UK. It is a charitable, membership organisation responsible for maintaining professional standards, accrediting planning courses and advancing the science and art of planning for the benefit of the public. The RTPI is governed by a board of trustees responsible for the management its affairs and 'promoting its objects'.
Members of the RTPI may be:
- Associate members.
- Technical members.
- Chartered members.
- Student members.
- Legal associates.
Planning is not a protected profession, however, Chartered planning consultants must have a degree in planning and/or a number of years experience in spatial planning. They must comply with an independent Code of Professional Conduct, hold professional indemnity insurance and undertake continuing professional development (CPD) throughout their career to ensure their knowledge remains up to date.
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