Potteries ‘Golden sculpture’ for Stoke-on-Trent

‘Golden’ – at 21 (69ft) metres tall, one of the tallest sculptures in the country and costing some £130,000 of Section 106 monies – is set to dominate the North Staffordshire skyline, replacing the Potteries Pyramid, which will be moved to the nearby Chatterley Road roundabout when Golden is officially unveiled. 

The city authority writes:
Designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress, it has been unveiled on the old Goldendale ironworks site, in Chatterley Valley. Locals for many years referred to the ironworks as ‘the flame that never dies’ due to the amber glow that would be coming from the factory, and the sculpture aims to recreate that sense of atmosphere.

Made from corten steels which links to the steel previously manufactured in the area, Golden features 1,500 hand blown glass prisms attached to the column of the artwork. Each one contains a memory or wish written on handmade paper by hundreds of people in the local community. The sculpture includes powerful LED lights which will shine at night to symbolise the flame and act as a prism during the day to reflect sunlight around the piece.

Paul Bailey, the council’s culture and events manager, said the sculpture reflects the history and environment of the area. He said: ‘The community has been heavily involved with this project from the start and that has been really important because the sculpture is all about telling the story of the history of the area. A lot of people will still remember when the steelworks were here, know people who worked there and still picture how it was lit up at night because of the flames.

‘Visually and contextually, Golden holds strong cultural significance as well as being used to engage and unite the local community. We want it to provoke fond memories of the area but also act as a landmark for hope and a bright future across the city.’

The sculpture – one metre taller than the Angel of the North in Gateshead – has been funded using £130,000 of Section 106 monies through planning agreements secured, following developments in Chatterley Valley. The money was ring-fenced, meaning that it could only be used on new public art or maintaining existing public art in the area. The landscape surrounding the sculpture will also be completely transformed with new benches, paths and access gates due to be fitted.

Megan Ryan, chairman of Nash Peake Street Residents’ Association, has been involved with the project since the beginning.

She said: ‘There has been a lot of excitement about the sculpture arriving and when I saw it on site, it almost brought a tear to my eye. Once all of the landscaping work is complete, it will be an area where people of all ages can come and relax, have a picnic and enjoy the stunning views for miles around.’

Each prism is held out from the main body of the sculpture by a short stalk, giving the artwork a bristly appearance. Local arts group Letting In The Light were commissioned by artist Wolfgang to collect the wishes and memories, and although people won’t be able to see the actual messages, the not-for-profit organisation plans to publish them online and in an accompanying book to be released shortly.

Sarah Bonam, project and community development officer for Letting In The Light, said: ‘We worked in lots of places across the community from the market to schools and supermarkets to get people’s memories and wishes for the future, which have been incorporated into the sculpture. It’s been a great project to be involved with and one which has really engaged with the local community.’

On a previous site visit the Wolfgang found a piece of iron from the old works which has a remarkable resemblance to a human heart. This will be suspended in the interior of the artwork to represent the beating heart of the community.

Speaking after the installation, Wolfgang said: ‘I’m really happy that Golden has been installed. It’s been a lovely journey working with some amazing and supportive local people which has made the whole process worthwhile. I’m looking forward to seeing Golden illuminated and the space opened up for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors alike.’

Golden will take pride of place in the Stoke-on-Trent sculpture trial, which features a collection of 40 important, imaginative and fascinating public art sculptures, each with a unique story to tell. An officially opening and switching-on ceremony for Golden will be held in the summer at a date yet to be decided.

It will replace the Potteries Pyramid – which will be moved to the nearby Chatterley Road roundabout when Golden is officially unveiled.

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First women to win prestigious Skills Build award announced

The first ever female winner of the Skills Build awards was awarded at this year’s Skills Build awards, as Demi-Leigh Graham won the Joinery New Entrant category. 

CITB writes:
Demi-Leigh Graham was ‘amazed’ when she became the first woman to win a prestigious newcomers award at SkillBuild – and says she will be in it to win it next year too.

The 17-year-old from Whitefield, Greater Manchester, was named regional winner of the Joinery New Entrant category during the 2015 construction skills competition.  ‘I am definitely going back to SkillBuild next year,’ says Demi-Leigh, who is studying carpentry and joinery at Bury College. ‘I don’t know if I’ll win but I’ll definitely give it a go!’

The SkillBuild 2015 North West heat took place at Stockport College. The challenge was to build a wooden frame using different kinds of joints in just four hours.

‘I was nervous at the beginning, but when I finished I knew I’d done a good job,’ says Demi-Leigh. ‘I was amazed when I won and felt really happy.’

Demi-Leigh decided on a building career after studying for a Construction GCSE at Castlebrook High School. She started her NVQ Level 1 at college in September and hopes to continue studying construction at university. ’I am thinking of architectural model-making as a career,’ she says. ‘I really enjoy construction because it’s all hands-on. It isn’t like school. It’s practical and I prefer that.’

Demi-Leigh says more young women are joining the construction industry and is proud of being the first female to scoop the New Entrant title.  ‘There are only three women in my class of 18 but more women are interested in construction careers and my friends aren’t surprised by what I do,’ she says.  ‘It’s difficult for a woman in a competition because it tends to be all guys, so you do feel you’re under pressure and people are looking at you. That’s why I was so proud to have proved myself.’

Demi-Leigh couldn’t wait to tell her grandad the good news about her success. He was a joiner before he retired and she is following in his footsteps.  ‘I rang my grandad in Cornwall to tell him I’d won and he was really pleased,’ says Demi-Leigh.

‘When I was growing up I remember seeing the things he made, including a fish tank and some cupboards, and thinking it looked an interesting job. I was right!’ 

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015

This week a series of events were held throughout Scotland to raise the profile of apprenticeship opportunities and careers, with many construction and built environment events, support from CITB for pledging apprenticeship placements and a £125,000 funding boost for female STEM apprenticeships. 

Events included:

The Scottish Government writes:
Women will receive further help in taking up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from a new programme to support Modern Apprenticeships (MAs).

The Scottish Government is investing a further £125,000 in the CareerWISE initiative to raise awareness of STEM MAs to girls and their parents, break down barriers to women taking them up and showcase employers taking action to address gender diversity in MAs.

CareerWISE, which is delivered by Equate Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, was created in 2013 to raise awareness of STEM careers for girls from school age onwards. The announcement coincides with the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015, the annual showcase to highlight the benefits of MAs to both employers and potential trainees.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: ‘The CareerWISE programme has made a considerable impact over the last 18 months however there remains the need to address gender balance in the STEM sectors in Scotland.  The Scottish Government still firmly believes that there is no such thing as a job for a boy or a job for a girl. Our continued support for the CareerWISE programme and its new focus to support young women access STEM MAs sits at the heart of our drive for a more productive and fairer work place.

‘I am very pleased to be able to fund this very specific piece of work that CareerWISE will take forward. This is further illustration of our determination to respond positively to recommendations of the report into Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.

‘We need more women to take up non-traditional career paths to achieve gender equality in the workplace. We are also committed to creating 30,000 new MA opportunities every year by 2020 and more women placed in STEM sectors will help us move towards that goal.  This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week looks like being the biggest yet with dozens of events up and down the country with a number of Scottish ministers getting involved in both local and national initiatives. BT have already seized the initiative by announcing 90 new MA posts on Friday, and I hope the next week’s activity encourages even more employers to consider the advantages of MAs to their business and the wider economy.’ 

View the Scottish Government news release 

More information on the work of EQUATE initiative

Information on support from CITB for apprenticeships in the Pledge Campaign

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PLACE: Young professionals in Local Authorities

One of the innovative actions proposed as part of the Farrell Review is due to be launched  later this year, with PLACE professionals being embedded in local authorities. 

Tony Finn of the GLA advocated the proactive planning and public service section of the Farrell Review, his report suggested embedding PLACE professionals (including Urban Design and Regeneration professionals) in Local Authorities).

The Public Service report states that ‘The initiative would be to the built environment what Teach First is to education, and Frontline is to social services. Its mission would be to build a better everyday environment for all’ (p.3)

Building Design Magazine reported that the scheme is now due to launch later this year in Greater London.

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Civic Voice & partners launch UK War Memorials website

A new website which is designed to record all UK war memorials (including modern conflicts) has been launched this week in a partnership between English Heritage, Civic Voice, The Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust. 

Civic Voice writes:
First World War Minister Helen Grant today visited the Grade II listed Watford Peace Memorial and announced an ambitious four-year programme to create ukwarmemorials.org, a one stop shop for information on all UK war memorials along with where to go for advice and funding.

The move means local people will once again be at the heart of protecting and conserving war memorials.

Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from the fines paid by banks that attempted to manipulate the LIBOR, the initiative draws resources together from across the UK.

The website will allow easy access to what specialist organisations know about war memorials and tap into expert advice on how best to look after them. This includes how to get grants for conservation and how to get memorials listed. It will expand in stages over the next four years so that by the end of the project ukwarmemorials.org will be easily searchable, helping people track down historical information, listed status, condition and inscribed names.

The website will eventually cover war memorials commemorating all modern conflicts up to and including Afghanistan.

Visiting Watford Peace Memorial, successfully restored by the local community with a grant of almost £5000 from the War Memorials Trust, Helen Grant said:

After the First World War, war memorials were erected across the country in a huge wave of remembrance. They were and remain records of our nation’s sacrifice, our personal and collective memories carved in stone. Our part in this ongoing story is to learn, record, restore and protect them for the future.

Drawing attention to a series of new listings, from the Tintagel Cross War Memorial in Cornwall to the Alnmouth War Memorial in Northumberland, Helen Grant said:

I am delighted these monuments have been listed and protected. It is wonderful to see how deeply people care about their local history and want to preserve it.

Chair of Civic Voice, Dr Freddie Gick said  ‘This initiative demonstrates the importance we attach to remembering the contribution made by millions of men and women who gave their lives during the First World War. We are delighted that Civic Voice and the civic society movement will be playing a major role in helping to ensure that the country’s war memorials are in a fitting condition to reflect the price paid by earlier generations. We are pleased to work with our partners English Heritage, War Memorials Trust, IWM and DCMS on this project’.

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9 UK attractions benefit from £98m HLF funding

This week the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced details of £98 million investment into nine projects, while a guest blog written by the HLF chair Sir Peter Luff discusses the value of industrial and scientific heritage to the UK.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) writes:
Nine projects benefit from nearly £100m National Lottery investment – boosting scientific, industrial and cultural heritage for future generations.

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced support worth £98m for nine major sites in England and Scotland. The stories to be told include that of the UK’s ground-breaking role in science and industry from the invention of radio astronomy at Jodrell Bank to our unique railway heritage; from one of the world’s earliest factories at Derby Silk Mill to the world’s largest medical collection at the Science Museum. They will increase awareness and understanding of our scientific and industrial heritage, inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future.

  • £12.1m to revitalise Jodrell Bank, Cheshire’s internationally-renowned centre for astronomy and home to the Lovell Telescope
  • £8m to reimagine the Science Museum’s extensive Medicine Galleries
  • £9.3m to restore and open up Derby Silk Mill in the Derwent Valley
  • £10m to make Great Central Railway, a unique double-track ‘preserved’ railway between Loughborough and Leicester, the home to a new railway museum with a working track
  • £9.5m to help the British Library save the nation’s endangered sounds

HLF is also giving new life to three further museums and a cathedral:

  • £10.3m to redevelop Dorset County Museum, a geological and palaeontology treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast
  • £12.4m to restore and open up Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s most spectacular medieval cathedrals
  • £15m to refurbish one of Glasgow’s most popular museums, the award-wining Burrell Collection
  • £11m to transform an East London gem, the Geffrye Museum, into a more vibrant and welcoming site

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said: ‘National Lottery money continues to make an absolutely vital contribution to our culture and heritage in the UK. I’m thrilled that nine exciting projects across England and Scotland will benefit from this significant £98m investment.’

‘Whether it’s a new railway museum in Leicester, the Lovell Telescope at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank or saving the UK’s most vulnerable sound recordings at the British Library – these grants will not only make a lasting difference to local areas and the UK’s wider heritage, but will also use culture to inspire young people to learn more about science and technology for generations to come.’

View the HLF news release

See details of all nine heritage attractions in England and Scotland via DCMS’s Immersive website

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Northern Ireland arts and culture volunteers study

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) today released figures on volunteering in culture and arts by adults in Northern Ireland in 2013/14, revealing the top reasons why people volunteer and the profile of events which take place (such as fundraising, museum related opportunities and governance). 

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) writes:
Just over one in ten adults (11%) had volunteered in culture and arts within the last year while less than one in every twenty adults (4%) had ever volunteered at a major culture or arts event.

About two-fifths of volunteers carried out fundraising roles, while around one fifth were involved in teaching and event management. More than four-fifths of culture and arts volunteers (83%) stated that having fun/ enjoyment was a benefit of volunteering in culture and arts.

The publications are available on the DCAL website

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EH wants another CEO: a ‘Child Executive Officer’!

English Heritage (EH), has launched a search for its first ever CEO- a Child Executive Officer: under-13s only need apply, and must do so by 7 June as excuses for late or missing submissions cannot be accepted. 

English Heritage writes:
English Heritage, the charity that looks after over 400 historic places across England, from Stonehenge to Hadrian’s Wall, has today launched a nationwide search for its first ever CEO (Child Executive Officer).

The new role has been created as part of its Kids’ Takeover season this summer and English Heritage is now looking for a CEO with a difference to lead this season of events and fun activities. The charity is calling on all children aged 12 or under who love castles and forts and battlefields and who have lots of imagination to put themselves forward for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The first task in the new Child Executive Officer’s in-tray will be making the wishes of thousands of children come true. The CEO will ask kids from all over the country for the fun historic activities they have always wanted to do, whether it’s a sleepover in a castle, leading a Roman army into battle, or locking their Dad in a dungeon. The Child Executive Officer will then work with English Heritage to make this History Wish List come true as part of its Kids’ Takeover season.

The Child Executive Officer will provide a kid’s eye view on English Heritage’s summer events programme and on some of English Heritage’s most iconic sites, including Stonehenge.  The CEO will be supported by a special Roundtable of six children who will help spread the fun across their local sites.

Emily Sewell, Head of Events at English Heritage, said: ‘We want to get a kid’s eye view of history and let them takeover this summer. We already have a wealth of fun and exciting events for families at our sites but our first ever Child Executive Officer will put children firmly in the spotlight and give them the opportunity to get hands-on with history and do things they’ve never done before.’

‘We’re looking for someone who is imaginative, who can be a kids’ champion, and who can play their part in bringing history to life. We can’t wait to see the entries.’

To apply for the role of English Heritage Child Executive Officer, children will need to say what period in history they would most like to travel back to – and why – and tell us what fun activity from the past they would most like to do. Shortlisted children will be invited to a fun audition at an English Heritage site near to them. The successful Child Executive Officer and Roundtable will be revealed at the beginning of July.

The successful Child Executive Officer will receive lifetime membership of English Heritage, a birthday party with their friends at their favourite English Heritage castle, a stay at one of English Heritage’s holiday cottages, and much, much more.

Children can apply at English Heritage sites or online. Applications open on Thursday 21st May and close at midnight on Sunday 7th June.

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24 Hours in the Past: celebrities in tears by beauty of Victorian buildings

The BBC show ‘24 hours in the past’ has transported participants to a challenge to live within a particular time period for 24 hours, adopting roles typical of that time, a recent episode had one participant thinking about building design.

On a recent episode, one of the participants Alistair McGowan is brought to tears by the splendour of Victorian architecture, and pondered why some current buildings do not quite have the same standards.

View the article on Alistair McGowan and a clip of the show on the BT TV website

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Reminder: IHBC’s members’ 20% off CPD for THE conservation standard, BS7913 – 1 June & 2 July

BS 7913 front coverIHBC members are able to get a 20% discount on the forthcoming CPD event exploring ‘BS7913: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings’, the key standard for conservation practice in the UK, on 1 June in London’s Somerset House.

The course is run by the Environment Study Centre, with one date in London (1 June) and another in Manchester (2 July).  The event will be led by IHBC member and Wales Branch representative and trustee, John Edwards, the lead author of BS 7913, and will cover some of the most common issues that are encountered when dealing with traditional and historic buildings.

These encompass surveys and analysis of building defects, understanding historic significance, sustainability and energy efficiency, project management and supervision, maintenance and management of buildings, quality management and much more.

To book or for more information visit: www.environmentstudycentre.org and use coupon code IHESC415 to claim your discount.

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Brighton and Hove Council and University of Sussex sign LBHPA

Brighton and Hove City Council has become the second council to implement a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA) and the first to work with University on such an agreement, the University of Sussex. 

Brighton and Hove Council writes:
A groundbreaking new agreement to protect the University of Sussex’s unique listed buildings and streamline the planning process has been signed by Brighton & Hove City Council, Historic England and the University.

The Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement is only the second such agreement in the country – and the first involving a university.

The partnership agreement was formally signed by the council’s Chief Executive Penny Thompson; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, Professor Michael Farthing; and  Dr Andrew Brown, Planning and Conservation Director for Historic England in the South East.

The University of Sussex was the first of a new wave of universities created in the early 1960s. The early buildings were designed by the celebrated architect, Sir Basil Spence, and include one Grade l and seven Grade II* listed buildings. They have many common design features, such as flat roofs, red brick and concrete arches. The fact that these buildings are listed in the two highest grades is a reflection of their considerable quality and significance. The University has continued to develop the site in sympathy with the early design and site layout.

Penny Thompson, Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, said: ‘We are delighted to be signing this Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement with the University of Sussex and Historic England. The agreement means that Listed Building Consent for general or repeated work will be granted without the need for the University to individually apply for consent – cutting red tape and saving time and money.’

Areas covered by the agreement include work to repair or replace the external fabric of buildings, internal fixtures and finishes to upgrade teaching facilities and works to improve safety and accessibility.

The University has carried out best practice for such works for many years and contributed to the current guidelines for listed buildings on the campus. It currently makes several listed building consent applications every year. Charles Dudley, Director of Residential and Campus Services at the university, said: ‘We are delighted to have reached such an agreement with Historic England and BHCC allowing us to improve our facilities within our listed buildings in a more timely and efficient manner. It also reflects our continuing excellent stewardship of the campus.’

Dr Andrew Brown, Planning and Conservation Director for Historic England in the South East, said: ‘This Agreement is a big step forward and clears the way for a schedule of on-going works to be drawn up by Sussex University. The LBHPA removes the ‘them and us’ situation and gives the comfort of a team working towards the same goal to protect the nation’s heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.’

The agreement will run for 10 years, subject to periodic review.

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BPF calls for enhanced planning services following HE model

The British Property Federation (BPF) has urged the incoming government to adopt a similar model to that adopted by Historic England for enhanced planning services in order to address issues with under-resourcing.

The British Property Federation (BPF) writes:
The next government should consider following in the footsteps of Historic England and introduce a charging system for enhanced planning services, according to the British Property Federation (BPF).

Historic England has consulted on charging for a series of enhanced services which will allow developers to pay for options such as extended pre-application advice and fast-track listing within a guaranteed timeframe, whilst still offering its existing advice for free.  The charges will help improve performance by delivering a better-resourced system for all, and will encourage developers to bring historic buildings back into use, whilst also safeguarding the future of these assets.  The BPF has suggested that a similar structure be considered by the next government as part of the solution to tackling the chronic lack of resources afflicting local planning departments.

In its response to the Historic England consultation, the BPF recommended that there should be a regular review of the free services, to ensure that those who are unable to pay do not receive a poor, reduced or slower service.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: ‘The planning system plays a significant role in unlocking development in the UK, and all too often local authorities’ hands are tied by the fact that they are terribly under-resourced. Historic buildings similarly have an important part to play in renewing our towns and cities, and these enhanced services will allow developers to work with Historic England to ensure that they can be protected and brought back into use much more easily.

‘We would like the next government to be open to the possibility of extending a similar system to all local authorities, which will allow planning applications to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently and ultimately speed up the delivery of real estate in the UK.’

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TDAG seeks views on trees and planning

Members whose work includes work relating to tree preservation orders in conservation areas will be interested to learn that the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) is seeking help with information relating to tree protection, in a call for evidence submission with a closing date of no later than 5 June 2015. 

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) writes:
TDAG would like to hear of your experiences in the delivery and management of effective tree protection as part of the planning process. Please respond to our call for submission no later than 5 June 2015. The type of submissions we are interested in include examples of both successful and weaker planning conditions supported with feedback on why these did or didn’t succeed, (all information will be treated in confidence). In addition to looking at planning conditions we would also like to explore some specific project examples that have worked particularly well so that they can be used as case studies. TDAG will collate and review responses with a view to producing best practice advice as to how the weaknesses in the current system can best be addressed.

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Preston bus station revamp competition

More than 90 entries have been submitted to the competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to redesign the listed Preston Bus Station. Lancashire County Council is allocating £13m to the initiative. A short-list will be announced later this summer.

Preston Bus Station was considered the largest bus station in Europe when it opened in 1969. The site, which was under-threat from demolition, was given Grade II listed status in 2013.

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RTPI joins the World Urban Campaign

The RTPI has joined the World Urban Campaign, which allows people to share information and collaborate on matters affecting cities in the run up to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) writes:
The RTPI is proud to join the World Urban Campaign as an Associate Partner.

Coordinated by UN Habitat and driven by partner organisations, the World Urban Campaign advocates for the cities and urban issues to be prioritised in development policies. In the lead up to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016 the World Urban Campaign will allow partners to share, learn and communicate ways to improve our urban future.

Peter Geraghty, Chair of RTPI International Committee said:
‘I am delighted and proud that the Institute has joined the World Urban Campaign (WUC). It has been a long held aspiration of the Institute’s International Committee and I am thrilled it has now been realised. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and this is expected to reach 70% by 2030. This increasing pressure on our urban centres creates huge challenges for planners in terms of providing sufficient homes and infrastructure in burgeoning cities across the world. It is really good news that the Institute can play its part in the Campaign.’

The World Urban Campaign is guided by seven key principles:

  • Accessible and pro-poor land, infrastructure, services, mobility and housing;
  • Socially inclusive, gender sensitive, healthy and safe development;
  • Environmentally sound and carbon-efficient built environment;
  • Participatory planning and decision making;
  • Vibrant and competitive local economies promoting decent work and livelihoods;
  • Assurance of non-discrimination and equal rights to the city; and
  • Empowering cities and communities to plan for and effectively manage adversity and change.

As an Associate Partner, the RTPI has committed to:

  • Sign up to the World Urban Campaign Paris Principles.
  • Promote the World Urban Campaign in our communication and activities.
  • Provide in-kind contributions to approved activities of the World Urban Campaign.
  • Regularly report on their activities as Partner.
  • Participate as observers in the Steering Committee meetings.

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Scotland’s PAS outlines public influence on planning in new Bill

The chief executive of PAS (formerly Planning Aid for Scotland) Petra Biberbach has written an article for the Scotsman newspaper outlining how the public can continue to have a say in developments affecting their lives, and underlines the impacts of developments linked to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. 

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