alright there chaps and chapesses?
I'm a planner in Leeds, UK. Currently working for a private consultancy dealing largely with development queries (i.e. client approaches us with a plot of land and asks what he/she can get away with!), where I often see my ethics fly out of the window...
I also have experience of Local Authority planning, with a 14 month stint as a Development Control officer in the north west of England. I have now been in private practice for about 20 months and I've also recently been allowed into the RTPI (the fools!).
Professionally, my interests lie with urban design and public participation in the planning process. I want to make our city centres more fun to experience and move around in, and take a keen interest in lighting schemes, street art/graffiti and the use of new materials/colours in building design (ideally away from corporate grey, brickwork cladding and bloody zinc).
Outside of work, i love to play footy, travel (so far Canada, France, The Netherlands, Thailand, Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and Greece have been ticked off the list), a fledgling interest in photography, a mild addiction to SimCity 4, curries and live music.
I hope to be an active part of this little community!
Look after yerselves!