60 years of RTPI's Royal Charter Timeline

On 14 September 1959, the Town Planning Institute received its Royal Charter, a special mark of distinction limited to bodies pre-eminent in their field.

Sixty years later, we celebrate our heritage and the great accomplishments of town planners across the UK, Ireland and beyond.

1959-08-13 14:43:47

Privy Council grants TPI its Charter

Privy Council grants TPI its Charter

1959-08-21 14:43:47

Sir George Pepler dies

Sir George Pepler, a founding member of the TPI dies.

1960-01-09 00:00:00

The TPI becomes a charity

TPI ceases to be a limited company and becomes a charity.

1960-05-13 00:00:00

Alfred Potter retires

Alfred Reginald Potter, OBE, was the RTPI secretary between 18 December 1914 and 1960.

1960-10-22 00:00:00

Philip Rathbone takes over as Secretary

1961-08-17 03:16:08

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs's seminal book is published.

1962-06-06 15:01:25

“Silent Spring” published

Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” published – alerted people to environmental pollution.

1963-09-07 15:01:25

“Traffic in Towns” published

Buchanan Report “Traffic in Towns” published by Ministry of Transport – warned that increased traffic would lead to environmental deterioration unless “environmental areas” were designed where traffic was managed.

1963-12-05 03:16:08

Lane/Buchanan proposals

Lane/Buchanan proposals on “Recruitment and Membership” argue that “radical changes are needed”. Echoed Schuster in saying planning was a team job, and planners needed specialisms. This widens the range of degrees giving exemption from TPI Intermediate Examinations – i.e. make it easier for social and natural scientists to enter.

1964-03-10 03:16:08

Association of Student Planners formed

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