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Politicians in Planning (PIPA)

Welcome to the homepage of the RTPI Politicians in Planning Network (known as PIPA). The Network aims to influence planning policies and to press decision-makers to address current planning-related issues effectively. Members of PIPA play an important part in developing policy, knowledge and good practice.

Who is PIPA for?

  • Members involved in planning for the UK or Scottish Parliaments and the Welsh or Northern Ireland Assemblies
  • Members involved in planning for the Greater London Authority
  • Convenors and Portfolio Holders (or their equivalents) for planning in local authorities
  • Local authority committee members and councillors
  • Board members of Local Economic, Regeneration and Development Partnerships
  • Board members of voluntary organisations serving communities
  • Town, community and parish council members
  • Members of local Civic and Development Trusts
  • Local authority-employed and independent RTPI members
  • Others engaged with spatial planning.


Regular Bulletins keep members up to date with current planning issues, publications and events and allow member-to-member exchanges to benefit from the vast range of Councillor knowledge and experience across the Network. To receive a sample Bulletin please email the Network Manager. Members have access to an archive of Bulletins and other useful resources.



Through the RTPI Networks we offer events such as study tours, policy consultations and practice insights. In 2016 would you be willing to offer an inspiring, instructive and/or thought-provoking couple of hours for members? Ideas and offers please to the Network Manager.


PIPA Annual Conference 2016

19 November - Friends Meeting House, Manchester 

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Planning powers are devolved within the United kingdom. But the challenges  of delivering housing,infrastructure and enhancing the environment are common challenges faced by decision makers in each of the countries. For the first time, the annual PIPA conference will open up to politicians in all countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland to explore common themes faced by local elected decision makers, to learn from each other and take back with them the tools to help them make the most of their planning decision making powers.

For more information, or to book your place please click here

The 2015 conference took place place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 28th of November 2015. Click here for more details and podcasts from the event.



We are always pleased to welcome new Councillor members and we are happy through the Network to address issues that might bring greater clarity to democratic planning in practice.

You can join the Network via this link.

PIPA in London

In July 2013 John Walker of Westmister City Council provided a Councillor update on Permitted Development Rights after a series of Government alterations, many for temporary periods (at least in the first instance). His eye-opening presentation was very well recieved by those attending and it can be seen here.

PIPA in Wales

At the RTPI Cymru Conference in June 2013 a seminar shared the initial issues identified by the study into the operation of Planning Committees in Wales, to which PIPA members have contributed. The seminar presentation can be viewed here.

PIPA in Scotland

In conjunction with COSLA, in October in Edinburgh there was a free Climate Resilience Briefing Session and Tour that provided an opportunity to see key features of the award winning Braid Burn flood prevention scheme and discuss some of the successes and lessons learnt from introducing resilience measures. 


For more information on this Network contact:

Member Discussion pages

The abolition of all the RSSs across England by the new Coalition Government gave rise to an exchange of Member views through the fortnightly Member Bulletin. Members can see the debate collected together from past editions of the Bulletin and join in the debate. This has subsequently been followed by discussions on the route to affordable housing and community planning.

Ways of getting involved

We encourage members to submit information for inclusion in our email bulletin, to host small member events, and to promote dialogue and discussion.All PIPA activities are non-political.

Please email us brief items for inclusion in the bulletin. such as news and information on research projects, events and good practice, or requests for assistance or information from other members.




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