Ruth Reed featured in ‘First Women UK’ exhibition

Green Planning Studio’s Director, Ruth Reed, is to be featured in the forthcoming ‘First Women UK’ photographic exhibition at The Royal College of Art from 20th July – 22nd August 2018.

As the first female President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Ruth made history in 2009, following more than 175 years of male leadership.  She has been photographed by artist Anita Corbin as part of this epic project of 100 portraits of trailblazing women in all fields of public life, alongside Betty Boothroyd, Nicola Sturgeon, and Dame Stella Rimmington to name a very few.

Artist Anita Corbin said: “Ten years ago, I had a powerful vision.  I knew I had to create a body of work unlike anything I’d seen before. I wanted to celebrate women who have pushed boundaries to achieve their dreams in their own field. I wanted to tell their story, and I wanted it to be seen in 2018 as a celebration of 100 years of female suffrage.”

Of her inclusion in the project, Ruth said: “I am thrilled to be part of this exhibition and honoured to be amongst such amazing role models”.

The First Women UK exhibition will open on 20th July 2018 in the Dyson Gallery of the Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN. Entry is free, 12noon-5pm daily until 22nd August.   The exhibition will then travel around the UK, (dates and venues to be announced).

For more information please visit:

First Women UK

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Planning permission granted for two executive style houses in West Sussex

Site Layout: After
Green Planning Studio has successfully obtained planning permission for two 5 bedroom detached houses with detached double garages in the countryside in Henfield, West Sussex.
This is the final stage part of a three-stage planning strategy which included establishing the lawful uses that were already present on the site and then working with the Council to re-configure the site with a scheme that was beneficial to all parties.

Our architects designed the houses which sit in generous plots and benefit from views over the Sussex countryside. The houses respect the existing architectural vernacular and have been designed to maximise the development potential of the site.

Site Layout: After
Site Layout: After
Site Layout: Before
Site Layout: Before

GPS on hand for advice at Grand Designs Live again

Green Planning on hand again at  Ask the Experts  stand for Planning and Architecture advice.
Green Planning are on hand again at the Ask the Experts stand for free Planning and Architecture advice.

Ruth Reed and Ian Leighton will be on the Ask the Experts stand at Grand Designs Live at Excel London between 5 and 8 May to offer free planning and architectural advice. Book your free consultation now.

Details of their availability can be found at:

Ruth will be covering planning matters and Ian will be giving advice on architectural issues.

Day 1 at Grand Designs Live gets started

IMG_1889 (2)Gran Designs Live - NEC 2015
And we are off – Ian Leighton,BA BArch RIBA, manning our Stand at Grand Designs Live, ready and waiting to help you with all of you planning and architecture questions.
Come and visit us at stand B248 in the Grand Build area, for information on planning in areas of constraint and architectural design.  We look forward to seeing you there.
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Ruth’s Town Planning Book Published

Town Planning: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide
Town Planning: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide

Green Planning Studio Ltd are very please to announce the publication of a new book written by one of our directors, namely, Ruth Reed. The book entitled “Town Planning: The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide”  is part of a series of books providing must-read practical guidance on running efficient and successful projects. Each book in the series tackles a core project task and explains the essential activities and considerations at each stage of the new Plan of Work – the definitive UK model for the building design and construction process produced by the RIBA.

Ruth’s book is focused on the associated planning policy and process of Town Planning and is sure to be considered an authoritative guide based on her considerable expertise in planning.

Her book has a forward from the Government’s Chief Planner. Extract from forward by Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government:

‘This guide usefully charts the planning processes against the stages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, setting out the routes to achieving consent for development and the strategies that can be adopted, and their implications for project timescales and budgets.’

Each book provides many hints and tips for projects large and small.  Easy to use and navigate and in a small and handy format, these guides will provide the ultimate quick reference support in the office and or on site for all practitioners.

Green Planning providing homebuilder advice at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show

Ruth Reed assisted on the Ask the Architect stand at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show on 17 November
Ruth Reed (back right) assisted on the Ask the Architect stand at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show on 17 November

Ruth Reed assisted on the Ask the Architect stand at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show on 17 November, meeting many members of the public with specific problems obtaining planning consent in the countryside as well as those who required more detailed help from an architect. Jon Watkins of RIBA Southwest said that it was the first time a past-president had represented the RIBA at the show. Ruth said ‘It was great to be back at the coal-face with some tricky architectural problems and some interesting and challenging planning issues. Clearly the self-build scene in Wales and the Southwest is very lively at the moment’.