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Ruth our new Planning Manager

Meet Ruth! The Ecological Land Cooperative’s new planning manager. 

Ruth has been actively interested in Low Impact Development and land based living for many years. Originally, during her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the LSE, this was through the prism of sustainable international development, however her interest quickly became centred on the importance of grass root solutions to global issues, which led her to focus closer to home. Ruth’s interest in planning grew from this and her strong commitment to environmental and social justice. As such it was not until later that she began concentrating on the importance of the planning system in creating positive change. This new focus led to her studying for an RTPI accredited MSc in Urban Planning, at Bristol UWE, where she later graduated with distinction. She now has 4 years planning experience working with Ruston Planning Ltd (RPL) and as a self-employed consultant. Her work to date has covered a wide range of applications from Gypsy Traveller sites, through Low Impact Development, to work relating to a land-based school. Although her previous professional planning experience falls within the private sector, she has worked closely with many third sector organisations; including the work that RPL carried out for the ELC at the Greenham Reach site.

Ruth's role for the ELC includes researching, writing and submitting planning applications to create our clusters of new small farms - enabling new entrants to work and live on the land.  We also hope to increase our efforts in campaigning for changes in planning policy to support low impact, sustainable rural development

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