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Key national role for Peak District planner

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Monday 23 July 2012

A planning manager at the Peak District National Park Authority has been appointed to a key national role advising on building design.

Sarah Foster, who manages the south area planning team, has been selected from more than 700 applicants to be one of 250 Built Environment Experts (BEEs) for the Design Council across the UK.

The Design Council is a charity which encourages the use of good building design to transform communities, business and the environment for the better. Since April last year the charity has also taken on the role previously performed by CABE, the Government’s advisor on Architecture and the Built Environment.

Sarah’s role involves sitting on a panel that gives impartial design advice on major projects submitted in the North West or East Midlands at various points during the year.

She said: “I’m really pleased to be selected for this role because I have always tried to promote the planning profession as widely as possible and to change outdated perceptions of planners and the planning system.

“The actual amount of cases I get involved in will depend on how many applications come in that need Design Council input.”

The new role is the second national honour for Sarah, who was named as the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Young Planner of the Year in 2010.

Sarah joined the Peak District National Park Authority in 2009. She became a planner in 2001 after switching careers from being a geography teacher, and has worked both in private practice and for Manchester City Council.

This is an archived press release

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