On Monday 21st of July Ruth Reed gave oral evidence at the seventh session for the inquiry into the Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) at the House of Commons. Speaking at the Communities and Local Government Committee, Ruth gave evidence in her capacity as the chair of the RIBA’s Planning Expert Advisory Group.
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’.
With the launch of Green Planning Studio the practice is developing two strands of its services. Ruth Reed has left her professorial post at the Birmingham School of Architecture and now works full time at the practice, bringing with her experience in the self-build sector and friends throughout the architectural community from her time as the first woman president of the RIBA. Conscious that architects and their clients are finding it increasingly difficult to negotiate planning approvals, she is offering GPS’s highly experienced and successful team to help them to win consents. There was considerable interest at the recent Grand Designs Live from both architects and kit suppliers in GPS’s ability to unlock problem sites so watch this space for news of our successes.
When it all goes to court the world of planning law is a highly specialised environment. Green Planning Studio is delighted to welcome Michael Rudd as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is a successful planning barrister and has represented GPS clients for many years in both the courts and at appeal. He brings further expertise to our appeals team who provide support in this specialism.
Ruth Reed, a Director of Green Planning Studio, has been appointed a Vice-Chairman of the Construction Industry Council. Decided at the CIC’s meeting on 17 October, the term is for 3 years. The Construction Industry Council is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry. Ruth’s experience and knowledge across architecture, planning and landscape gives her insight into a wide range of the design disciplines in the construction industry. She said:
“I am looking forward to continuing my engagement in the industry at the highest level. Collaboration across the disciplines is essential to achieve successful, well-designed and efficient projects that are sensitive to the needs of their users and the wider environment. This is embodied in Green Planning Studio’s commitment to providing multidisciplinary services to deliver successful outcomes for our clients.”