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RTPI gets tough on training records

11 May 16 A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute has had his membership terminated after failing to provide records of his continuing professional development (CPD) and professional development plan (PDP).

The termination of Leslie Clark’s membership followed an earlier suspension of membership for failing to provide his CPD and PDP records. Clark was randomly selected by the RTPI as part of a CPD monitoring exercise carried out in December 2013.

The latest meeting of the conduct and disciplinary panel also resulted in warnings for three consultant members who have recently been found to be in breach of the code of professional conduct.

One had failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure that no conflict of duty arose when accepting instructions to object to a planning application, unaware that his practice had already been involved in the preparation of the design and access statement for the same planning application.

The second was found to have breached the code by failing to record an instruction in such a way as to identify it sufficiently such that his practice would be aware of the matter, thus avoiding any subsequent conflict of interest.  The same member was also found to be in breach of the code by failing to provide written terms of instructions to the client prior to commencing work.

The third member breached the code by failing to act with due care and integrity in copying plans belonging to another planning consultant, from a Council’s website, without consent, and editing them for use in order to validate a separate planning application.

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