Richard Blyth is Head of Policy and Practice for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), where one of his priorities is to ensure that government and other professional and trade bodies fully understand the contribution that planning can make.
Richard has held a variety of planning roles but a consistent characteristic of his career has been to work as an advocate for planning in a wider context. While at Capita Symonds, for example, he has worked on commissions for local authorities on infrastructure planning to support core strategies, and for a number of private clients on regeneration schemes. He spent over four years in the civil service, including being responsible for the streamlining of LDFs work stream, in response to recommendations by Kate Barker in her review of land use planning.
Richard led a small team within the Joint Strategic Planning Unit which produced the last Berkshire Structure Plan and has also worked for district councils on local plans. He spent two years in the Gambia West Africa as a physical planning officer working on physical development plans and market regeneration.