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Laura Gains Key Planning Accreditation

July 2023

Laura Polley has just gained her chartered status with The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), The MRTPI designation is recognised as a sign of competence and professionalism. It is the only body in the UK that confers chartered status to planners and is highly regarded in the industry and beyond.

The professional qualification is testament to Laura’s hard work and diligence in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Development Land and Planning Department based in Taunton.

Claire Alers-Hankey, Partner at GTH, said: “We are extremely proud of Laura and her achievement in gaining full chartered status of the RTPI. This qualification recognises the extensive planning knowledge and experience that Laura has developed over her career and the valuable contribution that she makes to our Development Land and Planning Department.”
Laura originally moved to GTH in 2018 as a planning consultant to further her planning career, having previously worked for Exeter City Council, and has found the variety of work on offer in the department a real draw.

“It was a great opportunity to come here. There’s a broader spectrum of work, including a rural element,” explained Laura, who began her planning career at Somerset County Council in 2014 after graduating from Plymouth University with a geography degree.

As her degree was not planning based and she also took time out for maternity leave her MRTPI accreditation took slightly longer to achieve.

She spent many evenings at her kitchen table after her children, Victor, six, and Arabella, three, were in bed working on the necessary paperwork to achieve her qualification.

She has always had a passion and interest in housing and enjoys the sheer variety of projects she is involved in at GTH as part of a department of over 20 staff undertaking work across the Westcountry.

Laura enjoys working with architectural colleagues and development surveyors to provide a comprehensive service to clients.

In her spare time Laura enjoys watching cricket and going for long walks. 

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