Issue date: 31 October 2012
Lorayne Woodend, who has just completed her three year distance learning MA in Town and Country Planning (JDLMA) in the Department of Planning and Architecture has been awarded the prestigious George Pepler International award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
The George Pepler International Award is a bursary awarded biennially to someone under the age of 30, to allow them to undertake a short study period abroad on a particular aspect of spacial planning.
Lorayne, who works as a Development Plans Officer at South Lakeland District Council will be travelling to Japan to study the spacial planning concept of machizukuri (community building). She is hoping to spend three to four months in the country and will then write a report on her findings.
Lorayne is looking forward to her study trip and was inspired by her study at UWE. She said, “I have long had an interest in the Far East and in learning about other countries in general, but doing the JDLMA really inspired my interest in planning as an international topic. In particular, I was inspired by reading for the European and International Planning module and later, my dissertation which looked at the use of planning ideas from abroad amongst local authority planners in England.
“I will visit Japan for just over three weeks in June and July 2013, spending time visiting community groups, academics and local government officers in different locations across the country to explore how machizukuri (community building)works, hopefully bringing back some food for thought on localism and public/civil society participation in planning here.”
Janet Askew, Head of the Department of Planning and Architecture, said, “Congratulations to Lorayne on this prestigious achievement. She is an excellent example of the calibre of town planning graduates from the JDLMA and we wish her well for her study trip to Japan.”
Lorayne's award was presented to her by RTPI President Colin Haylock at the 17 October 2012 meeting of RTPI's General Assembly.