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Plan making

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Great Fen and Ashenbank masterplanIf you would like to learn more about strategic planning and governance at the RTPI, continue your CPD or get involved see these links.



The process for developing robust housing evidence for local development plans in Wales

Considers the process for developing robust housing projections for Local Development Plans in Wales in response to some local planning authorities' concerns about how much flexibility they have to interpret household projections. There is a full report and a research briefing.

Improving local plans and strategic planning joint position statement - June 2015

The RTPI's joint paper  in partnership with the District Council's Network, County Council's Network and Planning Officers' Society to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Cmmunities and Local Government, making the case for how to improve and streamline local plan making.

RTPI's response to planning reforms announcement

We welcome proposals to speed up plans and will continue to discuss these with government, but are under no illusion that close attention to the real drivers behind the issue of speed and commitment must be paid.

Critical perspectives on devolved governance

A blog discussing the city and regional devolution agenda and RTPI thinking.

Strategic planning

Developed through stakeholder workshops and background research into all five nations to see how we can respond to the challenge of marrying local concerns and wider issues across city-regions and other areas.

Making better decisions for places

Looks at how public and private governance structures can influence the effectiveness of planning, and how barriers to delivery can be overcome.

Thinking spatially

Considers how thinking spatially can help policymakers make better judgements about how individual policy proposals affect a place as a whole.

Study into the operation of planning committees in Wales

Provides evidence on the efficiency and effectiveness of planning committees and makes recommendations for change in a 2013 report to Welsh Ministers.

The role of planning cultures and legacies in delivering growth in the South East

Building on previous RTPI research this project will examine how the possibilities for present and future planning are shaped and constrained by past planning decisions and established local planning cultures. Publication date to be announced.

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Showcases the very best in exceptional examples of decision making in planning and celebrates the contribution that planners and planning make to society. The Plymouth Plan won the 2015 award for Excellence in Plan Making Practice.

Politicians in Planning (PIPA)

Join our free Network for elected members which aims to influence planning policies and to press decision-makers to address current planning related issues effectively.

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RTPI Networks generate, demonstrate and disseminate knowledge and good practice.

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@rtpiknowledge : RT @RTPIPlanners: “We are pleased the Scottish Government have recognised the value of planning and its potential to unlock new homes, deve… 15/12/2017 - 04:10

@rtpiknowledge : RT @RTPIPlanners: New online training from RTPI will teach you about smart cities and planning 14/12/2017 - 02:23

@rtpiknowledge : Happy birthday to planner extraordinaire @HarryBurchill. We hope you're enjoying your well deserved holiday! 14/12/2017 - 02:17