RTPI South West Annual Dinner

The Oyster Partnership Town Planning Team was proudly asked to sponsor the RTPI South West Annual dinner by the Chair of the RTPI South West Branch, David Lowin.

The event was held at the Royal Marriot in Bristol where Planners from Local Authorities, Consultancies and House Builders in the area were in attendance. The black tie event was a celebration of Planning in the South West and the achievements of the professionals within the industry.

The Oyster Partnership table consisted of key members of the Town Planning team, joined by Planning professionals from the South West who have shared a long affiliation with Oyster.

David Lowin introduced the dinner with special mention to the achievements made by individual Planners and Consultancies on projects and schemes in the local area. This includes the Water Space Project (Bath) submitted by the Bath and N.E. Somerset Council, which won the Excellence in Spatial Planning Award at the South West Awards for Planning Excellence. David stressed the importance of the project being a partnership between Bath and N.E. Somerset Council, the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water. He also gave special mention to the joint winners of the Excellence in Planning Delivery award, which was the Old Railway Quarter (Swindon) submitted by Swindon Borough Council and Thomas Homes and the Stafford Close Housing Development (Christow, Devon) by Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Jason Jordan from the America Planning Association spoke about the similarities between the British and American Planning systems and highlighted that although there is a great distance between us, the same challenges are faced. A key focus was to combat the geography of inequality with an emphasis on communities, aiming to create a shared vision through policies that give members of the community a common sense of purpose.

Guests were treated to a delicious three-course dinner that gave attendees a good chance to network and also contribute to the charity raffle for Headway Bristol where two Planners from the Oyster table came away with prizes, whilst contributing to a great cause. We were pleased to hear that £1,457 was raised for the charity on the night.

Speeches then took place, one of which from key speaker Professor Adrian Furnham who discussed the psychology of money and motivation, particularly salaries in the workplace, which was extremely thought provoking and relevant.

When Katie Ayre from the Oyster Town Planning Team caught up with David Lowin he thanked us for our sponsorship and took the opportunity to welcome Suzanne D’Arcy as the new South West RTPI Chair. He commented on the importance of events such as these to continue to inspire Young Planners to get involved in their local area and also the Town Planning Institute.  

Sponsoring events of this nature are a great opportunity to show the industry Oyster Partnership’s support and long-term investment. We look forward to continuing to work with the RTPI in the future.

For more information about the event and for further images, please click below: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/events-calendar/2017/june/rtpi-south-west-annual-dinner-2017/