Natasha Blackmore da Silva Attains RTPI Chartered Town Planner Status

We are extremely proud to announce that a member of our planning team, Natasha Blackmore da Silva, has recently been accredited as a RTPI Chartered Town Planner.

A Chartered Town Planner, the ultimate qualification for the profession, is awarded exclusively by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Natasha, 27, joined the Sheldon Bosley Knight team as an assistant planner in 2015, after graduating from Royal Holloway University with a masters in Geopolitics and Security. Upon graduation, she first gained experience as a planning policy consultant, working on compliance of renewable energy installations and a variety of residential planning led projects. Finally, following the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence, Natasha is now a RTPI Chartered Town Planner.

Natasha said:

     “I am very proud to be a member of the prestigious RTPI and help the Institute promote planning as a profession. I’ve worked hard to make this next step in my career and look forward to progressing further within the planning industry.”

Dan Jackson, our Director, responded:

     “Years of hard work have paid off for Natasha.  I’ve worked alongside her at Sheldon Bosley Knight since she joined my planning team as a graduate. I’ve watched her hone and develop her skills and knowledge of the profession with such passion and determination. Natasha frequently puts me to shame with her experience of case-law and technical capabilities, manifested with an extraordinary high hit-rate in planning approvals and appeal wins across multiple Local Planning Authorities. Congratulations to Tasha on behalf of the company.”

The RTPI is Europe’s largest professional body for planners, with 25,000 members worldwide working in public, private, charitable and education sectors. As well as promoting spatial planning, the Institute sets high standards for planning education and is the only body in the UK that accredits Chartered Town Planners.

Martine Koch, RTPI Head of Membership, said:

“I congratulate Natasha for successfully making this important step in her career. Chartered Membership is the most highly sought-after professional status for planners. It demonstrates to clients, peers, the public and employers around the world that the individual works to the highest professional and ethical standards.”

All routes to become an RTPI Chartered Town Planner are competency-based, to enable practitioners from different academic backgrounds and experience to demonstrate the high standards required. Click here for more information.