8th May 2006

 

NEW COURSE TO TACKLE PLANNING SKILLS SHORTAGE

 

A new masters course in planning and urban design aims to tackle a shortage of planning professionals in the East Midlands.

 

The Lincoln School of Architecture is to launch the region’s only such masters course in September.

 

The intention is to boost the capacity for design-led planning in the region. There will be 12 places available on the course this autumn and that number will rise to 17 within two years.

 

“The course has been developed in response to Government concerns about the lack of planning capacity in the East Midlands, particularly a lack of the urban design skills necessary to improve towns and cities in the region,” said Derek Cottrell, a senior academic in Architecture at the University of Lincoln.

 

“Eventually any suitably qualified graduate wishing to qualify as a chartered town planner will be able to study full-time or part-time at the Lincoln School of Architecture.”

 

The course builds on the school’s strengths in teaching urban design and subscribes to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) agenda for improving urban design skills in the planning profession.

 

A planning conference held at the university in February revealed strong support for this initiative from chairs and vice chairs of planning committees across the East Midlands.

 

The course will begin in September and a full-time student will take one year to gain the masters qualification.

 

It is intended that the course will be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute to enable students to gain chartered town planner status.

 

Students employed by local authorities and planning practices can be sponsored to undertake the two-year part-time course.

 

For more information contact Dr Kathleen Watt on 01522 837138 or email kawatt@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk