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Three Rivers employee attains RTPI Chartered Town Planner status

20th August 2018

Three Rivers District Council employee, Matthew Roberts, based in Rickmansworth has become a Chartered Town Planner, the ultimate qualification for the profession awarded exclusively by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). 

The 31 year-old planner, who joined Three Rivers in 2008, graduated from South Bank University with an RTPI-accredited MA in Planning Policy and Practise. Upon graduation he joined the Institute to become a Licentiate member building on his work experience through working on a variety of planning applications and enforcement investigations. 

Finally, following the RTPI’s Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence, Matthew Roberts is now a RTPI Chartered Town Planner. 

Matthew Said: “This has been an interesting journey for me and I am very proud to be a member of the RTPI and promote the planning profession.” 

Geof Muggeridge, Director of Community & Environment added: “Our congratulations to Matthew who clearly demonstrates that he has achieved a high level of knowledge, understanding and competence in his chosen spatial planning field. Matthew will be able to share skills, knowledge and experiences with other planners and in doing so, build a strong social as well as professional network. Matthew will also continue to use all his abilities to the benefit of our residents.” 

The RTPI is Europe’s largest professional body for planners, with 25,000 members worldwide working in public, private, charitable and education sectors. As well as promoting spatial planning, the Institute sets high standards for planning education and is the only body in the UK that accredits Chartered Town Planners. 

Martine Koch, RTPI Head of Membership, said: “I congratulate Matthew for successfully making this important step in their career. Chartered Membership is the most highly sought after professional status for planners. It demonstrates to clients, peers, the public and employers around the world that the individual works to the highest professional and ethical standards.” 

All routes to become an RTPI Chartered Town Planner are competency-based to enable practitioners from different academic backgrounds and experience to demonstrate the high standards required. 

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