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Planning on the Front Foot: SQ1020

Steve Quartermain
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:42:18
Steve Quartermain is the head planner of England. His goal is to get planning on the front foot. Planning is often perceived by the public and the profession as “the problem.” But Steve believes it is the mechanism to resolve important issues such as climate change and community engagement. He believes planners have the skills to alter public fears and misunderstandings, which often hinder development which is in the public interest. 
Steve also explains the importance of streamlining planning policy and ensuring planners have the skills to deal with policy and write plans.
  • Understand the important function of planners within the national planning system and local authorities.
  • Value the importance of public perception and public engagement to the successful performance of the planning profession.
  • Have knowledge of some of the initiatives that the English government is implementing to combat climate change.
  • Appreciate that planners require an understanding of building materials and design decisions to support environmentally sustainable design.
  • Understand the importance of changing perceptions about planning, so that the profession is viewed as “the solution,” not “the problem.”

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Chief Planner, Communities and Local Government, England, UK

    Steve took up the post of Chief Planner for England at the Department of Communities and Local Government on 11 August 2008.

    The Chief Planner’s role is to drive forward planning reform and delivery agenda, work with senior stakeholders – national and local government, the planning profession and across business, environmental and social sectors and to champion planning, and as Head of Profession to be the voice of planning in government.

    Steve also deals with planning applications of major significance and political sensitivity.