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RIBA engaging with more local authorities in the South West

05 August 2019

RIBA are developing new relationships with Exeter City Council, new unitary authority Bournemouth Christchurch Poole(BCP) Council, and Gloucester City Council.

RIBA Gloucestershire are developing a strong relationship with Gloucester City Council which includes partnering on a series of events addressing the heritage agenda in the city, and including the Gloucester History Festival

RIBA Dorset recently met with BCP Council to explore how RIBA members can support the new unitary authority’s visioning and policy making towards a new local plan in 2022. BCP Council is England’s twelfth largest local authority.

A meeting with Exeter City Council was also held to explore ways to create a stronger relationship between architects and the planning team in the city, which may lead to workshops in the autumn. We're also championing links to the Greater Exeter project through the RIBA Future Place project.

These new engagements are in addition to ongoing relationships with Cornwall Council and Bristol City Council.

Five of the twenty largest local authorities by population size in England are in the South West. They are Cornwall Council (4th largest), Wiltshire Council (8th largest ), Bristol (10th largest), BCP Council (12th largest, a new unitary authority as of 1 April 2019), and Dorset Council (16th largest, a new unitary authority as of 1 April 2019).

If you are interested in supporting any of these new relationships, please get in touch with us at

RIBA team outside BCP Council

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