The RJP team are honoured by the recognition from the judges after being presented with a commendation for the Small Consultancy award 2022.


Ruth Jackson Planning’s work has been very impressive. Despite being a small consultancy, they have received glowing testimonials from several nationally significant organisations, including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Merseyrail.


The rail projects particularly demonstrated RJP’s outstanding ability to deliver within a multi-disciplinary environment and across multiple local authority areas. Consequently, it did not surprise the judges to hear that RJP’s technical excellence and clear communication in this niche field often resulted in them being the wider project team’s ‘problem solvers’.


RJP were keen to stress however that they are not just “railway planners”. They clearly have a wide range of expertise (including greenbelt). They also strongly believe in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and developing their staff. This was demonstrated particularly by their recruitment of (paid!) students and an apprentice. Two of RJP’s students have since gone on to become valued members of the team.

Clearly believing in the value of consultation, they have also authored a briefing note at the request of a community group (‘Little Linton’) to assist them understanding the Greater Cambridge Local Plan. Without instruction, RJP even submitted representation to the Government objecting to NPPF para 197’s “retain and explain” approach to monuments. The representation clearly demonstrates that RJP acts on its ethical values. It is also an inspiration to other consultancies they do not necessarily need instruction to voice opinion on planning issues they feel strongly about.


Whilst this was a tightly contested category this year, we would like to highly commend RJP’s achievements, and wish them continued success in the future. RJP are not just “railway planners”, but they are going places.” – Judges comments RTPI awards 2022