THE Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has put tackling the global climate crisis at the heart of its new 10-year corporate strategy.
“The role of planning is pivotal in achieving global sustainable development and planners sit at the vanguard of the solution to the climate crisis,” said Victoria Hills, the RTPI’s chief executive.
“Our response is holistic and therefore actions sit across all pillars of our bold and ambitious strategy. The future of the RTPI is bright and this is a robust framework that provides us with direction, a strategy for delivery and ambition to drive it in a convincing and timely way.”
This is the first time all members, stakeholders, and the public have been consulted to establish a “clear direction” the RTPI says will meet the needs of all.
The strategy, described as “bold and ambitious”, was formally launched by the chair of the Board of Trustees, Sue Bridge FRTPI, at the RTPI’s General Assembly at the Royal Society of Arts in London (main image).
“The boards’ ambition is that the institute works to support a robust, sustainable and growing profession that is well resourced and respected,” she said.
“Through many months of consultation, it is clear to me that we need to evolve with the ever-changing role of planners to ensure that we continue to add value to their professional lives. We are confident that our 2020-2030 strategy is robust and it supports our objectives as set out in our Royal Charter.”
The new corporate strategy if driven by an ambition to promote healthy, socially inclusive, economically and environmentally sustainable places. The RTPI has included four pillars to support these aims in the 10-year plan – the value of membership, supporting planning services, raising the profile of planning and equality, diversity and inclusivity.
Underpinning the whole plan is an “urgent need” to address the climate crisis.