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We promote sustainable communities where sufficient and appropriate housing is well integrated with the wider community infrastructure.

Our viewpoint

We are very much aware that building rates have not been keeping pace with demographic change and the rate of deterioration in existing housing.

The RTPI believes that local development plans are the proper place for competing demands for land to be resolved and therefore where land allocations for additional housing, balanced with redevelopment of worn out uses, should be made.

Research has previously identified that there is more land allocated for housing than current programmes are using and this would indicate the need for better working between the finance and construction sectors to increase the pace of new construction to meet evident need, including the appropriate element of social housing with assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Latest news & consulations

  • Social housing approvals were down by 44% across Great Britain year-on-year, according to research by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
  • Wolfson Prize: The 21st Century Garden City winner has been announced - Uxcester by David Rudlin of Urbed.
  • Silent Majority: Research from the Fabian Society shows that 93% of the population feels that the UK housing system is not functioning correctly.
  • The British Property Federation (BPF) is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of Council Tax suggesting that additional income generated by reform be spent on affordable housing.
  • A Progress Report on the Review of local authorities' role in housing supply has been published.
  • Bidding criteria have been published for shares of £200 million that will help create 10 English housing zones on brownfield land outside London.
  • Housing and planning: what makes the difference?: The Smith Institute has published this new report which is based on interviews with developers and planning officers
  • Allowable solutions: The Government has published the results of a consultation into proposals to allow house builders to meet carbon reduction targets off-site
  • Housing Zones in London will focus investment on brownfield land and infrastructure.
  • Review: a Rural Housing Policy Review Group has been convened with Lord Richard Best as its independent Chair.

Policy & research reports

  • Delivering Large Scale Housing: The RTPI has published a series of practical recommendations.
  • A tool called "What Homes Where?" looking at the estimating of housing needs is offered by a group of professional bodies that includes the RTPI & CIH.  It is available free.
  • Meeting Local Housing Demand: this document from the Local Government Association (LGA) with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) lays out many of the options available to Councils.
  • The Local Housing Delivery Group, under Sir John Harman as Chair, has published its advice across two reports, one covering Local Plan viability assessments and the other an interim report on simplifying housing standards. An RTPI Member Briefing is available here.
  • BSHF has published a briefing paper Local Authorities Role in Housing Supply 
  • Place Spotlight: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) offers Place Spotlight - a web-based resource to support the local investment planning process and help local authorities to identify ways to improve their delivery of great places.


The RTPI and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) jointly offer to their Members the RTPI-CIH Planning for Housing Network which provides a cross-profession route to keeping well informed on and influencing developing policy and practice. Join the Network.

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