Intensive study while juggling his full-time role as a planning consultant has paid off for Alan Muir BSc MSc.

Alan has now gained chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. With over 25,000 members worldwide and more than 100 years of history, the RTPI is at the forefront of planning. Attainment of chartered status is demonstrative of the knowledge, skills and professionalism expected within the town planning profession.

It took over a year for Alan, who is based in our Development Land and Planning Department in Taunton to gain the qualification.

He had to compile a logbook of his experience within the partnership over the last year. He also had to demonstrate how he met the professional competencies, focusing on a particular planning project, a plan for his professional development over the next two years.

These were all written submissions done in his own time with help from his wife, Amy, and Claire Alers-Hankey BSc MSc MRTPI, who works in the Development Land and Planning Department as an Associate and is also a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planners Institute.

Alan grew up in Glasgow and undertook his architectural and planning studies there before finding the opportunity to work in Orkney in the Development and Marine Planning team.

“I have always had an interest in the built environment, in particular how places are shaped either historically or through development.  Naturally my work interests brought me to the South West for an urban design role that eventually led to GTH. I am delighted to have obtained chartered membership with the support of the partnership,” he said.

Meanwhile colleague Laura Polley, who also works as a planning consultant, has been successful in gaining associate status with the RTPI. She will be able to apply for full chartered membership after gaining a further two years’ experience once she returns from maternity leave in the New Year.

Laura started her planning career at Somerset County Council in 2014 after graduating from Plymouth University. She worked as a Planning Officer at Exeter City Council before joining Greenslade Taylor Hunt in 2018.

The Development Land and Planning Department can be contacted on 01823 334466.