The Author

Ian1Ian Butter BSc (Hons) FRICS MRTPI is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is a Board member of the RICS UK and Ireland World Regional Board.

He has been a professional planning consultant for over 35 years acting for both public and private sector clients on a diverse range of development projects throughout Great Britain.

Ian presented a 2-day workshop on ‘New Town Development Strategies’ in Manila Philippines (Jan 2014) and more recently (Nov 2014) a further workshop  on ‘Public Private Partnerships in Planning and Development’ .

Throughout his professional practice he has been heavily involved in the planning policy process, advising clients, challenging and making representations to Structure Plans, Local Plans, Unitary Development Plans and latterly Core Strategies; acting as both expert witness and advocate in public Inquiries and hearings.

Ian has written and lectured on a range of urban and rural planning and development topics for the RICS, RTPI and a range of other organisations. He is a guest lecturer on planning and development topics at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire).

He was co-author of a widely circulated publication for the Countryside Commission which is now highlighted in the UK Government’s ‘Good Practice Guide on Planning for Tourism’ (2006) and his book “The New Planning System: Questions and Answers” was published by RICS Books in June 2009.

He advised Matthew Taylor MP on rural regeneration issues for his 2008 report to Prime Minister Gordon Brown ‘A Living Working Countryside’, which remains a key policy document.

In 2009 he was invited to address and run a workshop for Dansk Bygningsarv A/S at a two day conference in Denmark concerning rural regeneration and heritage development.

The Rural and Urban Planning Consultancy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – was created in 1868 in the United Kingdom and can trace its history right back to 1792 when the Surveyors Club was formed. It received a royal charter in 1881 and now has over 150,000 members with representation throughout the World. RICS Asia is currently represented by offices in China, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Members are known as Chartered Surveyors, and are recognised throughout the world by the designation after their name – FRICS (for Fellow of RICS) or MRICS (for Member of RICS).

Today the RICS a global property professional body which aims to:

•    Regulate and promote the profession
•    Maintain the highest educational and professional standards
•    Protect clients and consumers through a strict code of ethics
•    Provide impartial advice, analysis and guidance

The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members. In 2014 it will celebrate its Centenary. Of its’ 23,000 members, over 1,000 are represented in 82 countries.

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