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New from the RTPI


Local authority direct provision of housing in England (December 2017) this joint NPF/ RTPI commissioned research identifies the practical ways in which local authorities in England are engaging in the direct provision of housing in their areas. The full report is now available.

The deliverability and affordability of housing in the South West of England (October 2017) commissioned by RTPI SW this research expands understanding about how planning can deliver affordable housing, through an examination and comparison of six recent large-scale housing developments. A full report and summary briefing are available.


smart cities coverSmart city regions (September 2017) this position paper sets out how data, technology and governance can combine to drive a new wave of strategic planning. It is the first output from our Better Planning: Smart City-Regions project.


Digital Economy coverDigital Economy and Town Planning (May 2017) demonstrates what planners can do to ensure the right conditions are in place for the growth of the tech sector. It highlights the opportunities new technology offers for planning. This practice advice builds on our Planning and Tech policy paper published last year.


A manual demographic forcasting WalesA manual of integrated demographic forecasting for local planning in Wales (April 2017) provides local planning authorities with the skills for investigating housing projection data to develop robust Local Development Plans in Wales. It is based on research by the School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University and extensive training for LPA's.



Shale Gas CoverShale Gas Extraction: Fracking proposals and the planning system (March 2017) - advice for Planning Aid volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals. Planning Aid England and RTPI.


Guide to Working Internationally (February 2017) contains general information, tips and relevant contacts for working in planning around the world. The guide is for individual members and independent consultancies looking to expand beyond the UK and Ireland.


Better Planning for Housing Affordability (February 2017) this position paper sets out why better planning is the solution to the housing crisis in relation to the England Housing White Paper.


Dementia and Town Planning (January 2017) Creating better enviroDementia covernments for people living with dementia. Endorsed by Alzheimer's Society this practice advice summarises expert advice, outlines key planning and health policy and highlights case studies.


Location of development (January 2017) further reports from this major project that analyses the location and scale of recent planning permissions have been published. For the South-East of England focusing on planning permissions for 19,000 houses in Oxford and Brighton, and on two cities in the North West, Blackburn and Warrington. 


Where should we build new homes? (November 2016) RTPI  policy statement on identifying new housing development opportunities. It supports our 16 ways to address the housing crisis campaign.