Saxonby employee attains Royal Town Planning Institute membership qualification

An employee at Shropshire construction company Saxonby has attained the ultimate town planning qualification.

26-year-old planning consultant Alastair Stewart, who joined the company in 2014, is now qualified as a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI). The accolade began when he graduated from the University of Sheffield with an RTPI accredited BA (Hons) degree and MPlan (with merit) in urban studies and planning. He then became a licentiate member of the RTPI and finally, following an assessment of professional competence he is now a chartered town planner. The RTPI is the UK's lead body in its sector and the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

Stewart, who heads up the Land & Planning Services business unit within the Saxonby Group, said: “Achieving this qualification is not only a personal milestone in my career but will also enable me, through the RTPI West Midlands’ networking events and forums, to develop leads, contacts and potential new business for Saxonby. My next step is to attain Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor status.”

Commenting on his qualification, Andrew Copson, director at Saxonby, said: “We always aim to identify the training and aspirational needs of our employees and connect those with how the subsequent qualifications can benefit their continuing professional development as well as the business. Attaining chartered status is testament to Alastair’s thirst for knowledge and a desire to deliver the highest quality service to our existing and potential land and planning clients.”

Picture: Alastair Stewart, planning consultant, Saxonby.

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