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Economy and growth

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Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands

This research project finds that when planning is provided with a proactive remit to utilise functions such as upfront investment in infrastructure and land assembly, planning can add value by creating certainty for market actors and boosting demand for development through the creation of place-quality.

Investing in delivery: how we can respond to the pressures on local authority planning

Examines the resourcing of local planning authorities in the North West of England, whether a lack of resources is impacting on growth and development, and what can be done to respond to these pressures.

Viability: what does it mean for the plan led system?

John Wacher from the London Borough of Islington considers the impact of viability assessments on the plan-led system.

Testing the foundations of the Government's productivity plan

Examines the evidence behind the plan. See more of our blogs.

Planning for growth: the role of LEPs

Final report published in July 2015 finds that LEPs could play a critical role in devolution to cities and regions and in promoting economic growth, but their potential is being held back by their unclear status and unfamiliarity with town planning.

The Gorbals regeneration - delivering economic value through planning

Shows how, after two decades of regeneration, unemployment in The Gorbals fell by 31% between 2004 and 2012, making a much needed case that good planning  has a direct impact on individuals' lives, rather than just delivering 'gentrification' effects.

A brighter future for our towns and cities

A unique collaboration from the RTPI, Institute of Economic Development, Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this report offers practical steps to regenerate our underperforming cities to unleash their economic potential. 

The value of planning

The only recent and wide-ranging review of research examining the economic value of planning. We focus on economic and financial value, whilst recognising the importance of broader social and environmental value.

Fostering growth: understanding and strengthening the economic benefits of planning

Outlines RTPI policy and demonstrates how effective planning leads to sustainable growth by adding value, achieving efficiencies and adding certainty by using case studies.

Creating economically successful places

Examines how planners can play a critical role in supporting sustainable economic growth.

Partnerships for sub-regional growth

Looks at partnerships and collaborations at different spatial scales and how they can help to support planning and economic growth, including Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Prospects for cities

Highlights the significance of core cities to the national economy and reflects on the approaches taken by Leeds and Manchester to generate prosperity beyond the capital.

Viability: Understanding development economics

Complete the interactive activities online to improve your understanding of viability. 

Public sector resources and positive planning

RTPI North West have begun work to establish reliable evidence whether public resources are now so limited in some NW authorities that otherwise worthwhile development may be being stifled in coming forward. Due in Autumn 2015.

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Showcases the very best in exceptional examples of planning to create economically successful places. The overall winner and recipient of the Silver Jubliee Cup for 2015 is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London.

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Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Our members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. You will also access a huge range of member benefits from access to special interest networks to discounts on events, talks and at high street retailers.

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