Draft RSS EiP - Biography of Panel
Jim Parke BSc (Hons) Geography MRTPI - Panel Chair
Jim Parke has worked on a range of planning tasks and joined Strathclyde Regional Council at its inception in 1974 as Assistant Director – Structure Plan. This work involved a wide range of planning issues from the urban renewal of the Greater Glasgow conurbation to the challenges facing the rural areas of Ayrshire and Argyll.
Since the demise of the Regional Council in 1996, he has worked with Metrex a Network of European Metropolitan Planning Authorities and was also appointed to the panel of EiP Panel Chairs. In that capacity he chaired the Warwickshire Structure Plan EIP in April 1999, the East Midlands RPG Public Examination in June 2000, the Kingston upon Hull and East Riding Joint Structure Plan EIP in January 2004, the Wiltshire and Swindon Structure Plan Alterations EIP in July 2004 and most recently the North East Regional Spatial Strategy Examination in Public in March 2006.
Rhys Davies CEng MICE - Panel Member
Rhys Davies has worked in Local Government and for the Planning Inspectorate where he was a Member of the Board with responsibility for the Inspectorate’s Enforcement work in England and all its full range of duties in Wales.
He retired from the Planning Inspectorate in 2002 and is a member of the panel of EiP Chairs. He chaired the Gloucestershire Structure Plan Alterations EIP in November 2003 and the City and County of Swansea Interim Housing Land Policy Statement (2002-2009) Examination in Public in December 2004.
David Lavender MRTPI - Panel Inspector
David Lavender is a full time salaried Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate, which he joined in 1991 following a lengthy career in Local Government.
During his 15 years with the Inspectorate he has dealt with a varied range of development plan work including two London UDPs as well as Local Plan Inquiries for a number of Shire Districts. He has maintained a close involvement with the evolution of the spatial planning process at local level and its influence on development management, both through conducting advisory meetings and in the normal course of planning appeals casework.