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Business and Management | Climate Change and Energy | Community Engagement | Demographic Change | Design | Development Management and Enforcement | Economy and Growth | Governance and Decision Making | Health and Inclusive Planning | Housing | Infrastructure | International |Planning Performance and Resources | Professional Standards  | Spatial Planning

 

 

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Dementia coverDementia and Town Planning (January 2017) Creating better environments 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.

Ensuring place-responsive design for solar photovoltaics on buildings (September 2016) CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI. A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers.

Delivering the Value of Planning (August 2016) demonstrates how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth and housing. It also suggests why in the UK we are not consistently realising the value of planning in practice, especially compared to parts of continental Europe. It is based on research by The University of Glasgow, The University of Sheffield and the RTPI. A summary briefing is also available.

The Process for Developing Robust Housing Evidence for Local Development Plans in Wales (January 2016) RTPI Cymru commissioned a research study by the School of Planning and Geography Cardiff University to consider the process for developing robust housing projections for Local Development Plans in Wales. The research was carried out in response to some local planning authorities' uncertainty and concerns about how much flexibility they have to interpret household projections. The full report is available here, along with a research briefing.

 

Business and Management

Practice Advice on Starting your own Private Practice (April 2016) Advice for RTPI Members who are considering or who have recently set up as an independent consultant. From the nitty-gritty of preparing a business plan and what fees to charge to how to assess your strengths and effective networking. It introduces the main issues you need to consider and highlights the support the RTPI provides for our private sector members.


Climate Change and Energy

Ensuring place-responsive design for solar photovoltaics on buildings (September 2016) CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI. A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers.

Future-Proofing Society (2014) This Planning Horizons project looks at why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. A full paper and summary are available.

Planning Naturally: Spatial Planning with Nature in Mind: in the UK and Beyond (2013) With RSPB and CIEEM. Shows how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process, and inspires with examples of good practice. It is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, illustrated with case studies from the UK and international examples.

Planning for Climate Change: Guidance for Local Authorities (2012) Planning and Climate Change Coalition and endorsed by the RTPI. Primarily for local authorities and local enterprise partnerships who want to tackle climate change and to reap the benefits that renewable energy and effective adaptation can bring. 


Community Engagement

Handy GuideThe Handy Guide to Planning (2012) RTPI Planning Aid with Urban Forum. A brief guide to planning for the public and communities, why it is important and how to get involved.

Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Schemes (revised 2012) RTPI Planning Aid. Advice and guidance for those involved in public engagement for development schemes.

Guidelines on Effective Community Involvement and Consultation (2007) Advice on key aspects of community involvement. Contains detailed advice under three headings - public involvement issues, enablers and consultation standards.

 

Demographic Change

Future-Proofing Society (2014) This Planning Horizons project looks at why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. A full paper and summary are available.

Planning for More People (2014) is a research briefing based on ESPON research. It discusses some of the issues arising from population growth and the implications for practice.


Design

Ensuring place-responsive design for solar photovoltaics on buildings (September 2016) CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI. A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers.

Design Review: Principles and Practice (2013) RTPI, Design Council CABE, RIBA and Landscape Institute. Design review is a well established way of improving the quality of design outcomes in the built environment. This document provides practical advice to people who are running design review panels.

Sustainable Design and Construction (2012) Cross Sector Group on Sustainable Design and Construction - RTPI is a member. Assists plan-making and development management in support of local planning authorities' statutory duty to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, of which sustainable design and construction is an integral part.

Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK (2013) CIRIA and endorsed by the RTPI. Introduces ideasd for built environment practitioners on the process of integrating water cycle management with the built environment through planning and urban design. 

 

Development Management and Enforcement

Towards a Pro-active Enforcement Service: Making the Most of the Tools in the Box (2015) PAS and RTPI-NAPE. An advice note focusing on tools to provide a more pro- active enforcement service, outlining the importance of having an enforcement plan and how start notices support compliance and monitoring activities. Also discusses the potential for greater use of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Pre -application Guidelines10 Commitments for Effective Pre-application Engagement (2013) RTPI and LGA. These commitments set out the positive spirit that should be embody pre-application engagement and the arrangements that should make early exchange of information and advice better value for all.

 

Economy and Growth

Delivering the Value of Planning (August 2016) demonstrates how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth and housing. It also suggests why in the UK we are not consistently realising the value of planning in practice, especially compared to parts of continental Europe. It is based on research by The University of Glasgow, The University of Sheffield and the RTPI. A summary briefing is also available.

Planning and Tech: Planning for the Growth of the Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors (February 2016) The technology and AM sectors are among the main drivers of growth in Britain's metropolitan areas today. This report sets out recommendations for better capturing the social benefits of technology and AM sector growth, including collaborate with tech firms in urban regeneration projects and use firms' skills to address cities' infrastructural challenges.

RTPI South West region - Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West (March 2016) This research examines Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) in the South West of England in relation to delivering economic growth and their engagement with strategic planning and sustainable development. The research was conducted for the RTPI South West region by Chris Balch, Plymouth University, Mary Elkington, Figura Planning, and Gareth Jones, Hardisty Jones Associates. The full report and summary briefing are now available from this project.

Can investments in planning deliver economic benefits to private citizens? (February 2016) This working paper reports on a small-scale econometric study into the effects of investment in parkland in Dagenham, East London, on surrounding house prices. The study seeks to determine if this type of planning intervention to turn around a run-down area, an activity typically thought of as a social goal, can also be shown to have economic value. The working paper is accompanied by a summary briefing.

Planning China's future: How planners are contributing to growth and development (December 2015) This SPIRe project examines evidence from China to show the significant economic, social and environmental value that a robust planning system can bring.The full report and summary from this research are available.

Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands (November 2015) This SPIRe project explores how proactive planning can improve the quantity and quality of development in the built environment. The full report and summary from this research are available.

The Gorbals Regeneration: Delivering Economic Value Through Planning (June 2015) Shows how planning and regeneration have been used to deliver economic benefits to the residents of The Gorbals in South Glasgow. Part of the Value of Planning research programme.

A brighter future for our towns and cities (May 2015) Provides concise, practical recommendations for supporting underperforming towns and cities. It was devleoped through a unique collaboration between the RTPI and the Institute for Economic Development (IED), Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and the Royal Institute of Chatered Surveyors (RICS).

Regional Development in Northern Ireland: Perspectives from ESPON (2014) This publication, written by Cliff Hague, draws on findings in ESPON research that are relevant to Northern Ireland, and in particular to the Regional Development Strategy.

Creating Economically Successful Places (2014) This Planning Horizons project considers the major economic trends that will shape societies in the twenty-first century – from population change, globalisation and competition, to technological change and the increased scarcity of natural resources - and how planners can play a vitral role in supporting sustainable economic growth. The full paper and summary are available.

Delivering Growth? Planning and Growth Management in the South East of England (2014) Research conducted for the RTPI by Dave Valler (Oxford Brookes University) and Nick Phelps (University College London), suggests that 'larger than local' public sector leadership can be key to private sector growth. It examines the governance, organisational forms and patterns of leadership across three sub-regions, and compares and contrasts the efficacy of these diverse arrangements in delivering growth. The findings are available in a full report and research briefing.

Evidence from ESPON to Support Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2014) Outlines ESPON results which may support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) activities in the UK. This information is also useful for regional or local decision-makers who wish to promote the objectives included in smart growth – from strengthening research and development and innovation, to promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.

Planning for Growth: The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (July 2015) Following the abolition of regional plans, a major question is how to effectively undertake strategic planning to support economic growth objectives as well as sustainable development principles. This research project by Northumbria University and Durham University examined the potential of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), from a limited start, to become part of a strategic mechanism to plan for growth. A final report and briefing are available.

The Value of Planning (2014) Research, conducted for the RTPI by Professor David Adams, The University of Glasgow, and Professor Craig Watkins, The University of Sheffield, examines the value of planning, focusing primarily on economic and financial value, while recognising the importance of broader social and environmental value. It represents the only recent and wide-ranging review of research regarding the economic value of planning. The findings are available in a full report and a research briefing.

Fostering Growth Cover ImageFostering Growth: Understanding and Strengthening the Economic Benefits of Planning (2014) Covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Demonstrates how effective planning leads to sustainable growth by adding value, achieving efficiencies and adding certainty before making 10 recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.

Prospects for cities (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, 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.

Partnerships for sub-regional growth (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, looks at partnerships and collaborations at different spatial scales and how they can help to support planning and economic growth, including Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Economic resilience in small and medium sized towns (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, looks at the varying levels of economic resilience in European regions after the financial crisis and the key factors for local economic resilience and development.

Hidden potential of small and medium sized towns (2014), a research briefing based on ESPON research, is part of a series of European briefings that look at the characteristics of small and medium sized towns and their development potential. It focuses on Western Europe.

 

Governance and Decision Making

Planning cultures in the South East of England (March 2016) This research, by Dave Valler, Oxford Brookes University, and Nick Phelps, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, explores the role of past planning decisions and established local 'planning cultures' in shaping present day approaches to planning for growth in three case study areas in the South East region, namely South Hampshire, the Gatwick Diamond and Oxford/Oxfordshire. The full report and a summary briefing are available from this research.

Success and Innovation in Planning – Creating Public Value (2014) This research, conducted by Newcastle University, identifies innovation in the planning field – where people have tried to do things differently in a wide range of innovative ways. It illustrates how places can be transformed through planning intervention. The final report and research briefing are available.

Making Better Decisions for Places (2014) This Planning Horizons project considers how governance structures in public and private spheres can seriously affect how effective planning is, and how policy-makers need to adopt a new approach to decision-making in order to respond to major challenges such as housing, transport and economic growth. A full paper and summary are available.

Critical Perspectives on Devolved Governance (April 2015) Contributions from a symposium held at UCL which carried on the debate started in Making Better Decisions for Places by encouraging a critical perspective towards devolution and considering what the current devolution agenda means for policy.

Prospects for Cities (2014) A briefing based on ESPON research. It 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.

Study into the Operation of Planning Committes in Wales (2013) Provides evidence on the efficiency and effectiveness of planning committees and to make recommendations for change in a report to Welsh Ministers. A full report, summary and Crynodeb Gweithredol are available.

Mediation in Planning: A Short Guide (2011) National Planning Forum with RTPI. Mediation is a cost effective way of resolving disputes and building consensus with the help of an independent thirs party. It is not a subsitute for good planning, but it can build trust and confidence in the planning system.

 

Health and Inclusive Planning

Poverty, Place and Inequality (May 2016) Policy paper that examines why place-based approaches are key to tackling poverty and inequality. The report argues that many national and local policies are failing to reduce poverty because they are ignoring how well planned local environments with good services and transport can help lift people out of poverty.

Faith Groups and the Planning System: Policy Briefing (October 2015) FaithAHRC Faith and Place Network - RTPI is a member. Contains 15 key recommendations for faith groups, planners, developers and local authorities on five policy areas: understanding one another, community, equality and diversity, sharing good practice and the planning framework.

Promoting Healthy Cities (2014) Argues that planning is critical to promoting healthy cities, and that health and wellbeing need to be at the core of how we design and develop cities. Part of RTPI's Centenary Planning Horizons project. The full paper and summary are available.

District Action on Public Health (2013) District Councils Network with RTPI, CIEH and CIH Outlines how district councils contribute towards the new health and wellbeing agenda in local government, and includes an RTPI contribution regarding the vital role of planning in public health.

Planning for Gypsies and Travellers (2007) Good practice advice aims to help practitioners deliver satisfactory services to Gypsy and Traveller communities. There is a strong focus on integrated and effective delivery through partnership working. Note: The legislative framework has changed since this note was written, but the principles and ways of working it promotes remain relevant.

Gender and Spatial Planning (2007) Spatial planning can only deliver a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all if it is sensitive to all needs. This note examines definitions of equality and the key gender issues affecting spatial planning.

Gender Equality and Plan Making: The Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit (2003) Provides advice to planners on the best available tools to mainstream gender.


Housing

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.

CoverThe Location of Development (March 2016) Major project which analyses the location and scale of recent planning permissions for housing in twelve English city-regions. This study was conducted by Bilfinger GVA, and represents a first step towards better understanding the changing spatial relationships between housing, jobs and infrastructure. The overarching report and detailed maps are available, along with detailed reports for the South-West, 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. 

The Process for Developing Robust Housing Evidence for Local Development Plans in Wales (January 2016) RTPI Cymru commissioned a research study by the School of Planning and Geography Cardiff University to consider the process for developing robust housing projections for Local Development Plans in Wales. The research was carried out in response to some local planning authorities' uncertainty and concerns about how much flexibility they have to interpret household projections. The full report is available here, along with a research briefing.

Urban Form and Sustainability (March 2015) This research briefing provides initial information and evidence on the links between urban form and sustainable outcomes. It looks at sustainability through a spatial perspective, i.e. the location of new housing developments and physical and social infrastructure.

Cover _imageBuilding on the Greenbelt? A Report into Commuting in the Metropolitan Greenbelt (August 2015) Analysis which finds that adding 1 million homes near railway stations in London's Metropolitan green belt could see 3.9-7.5 million car journeys each week added to roads which are already struggling with congestion and delays

Planning for Housing in England: Understanding recent changes in household formation rates and their implications for planning (2014) Research conducted for the RTPI by Neil McDonald and Peter Williams from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge, suggests how planners and others might respond to issues in the latest household projections for England. The final report, research briefing and accompanying analysis tool for local authorities are available.

Delivering Large Scale Housing Paper CoverDelivering Large Scale Housing: Unlocking Schemes and Sites to Meet the UK's Housing Needs (2013) Focuses on practical recommendations to show that the housing crisis is not an impossible situation. The recommendations focus on five key topics – community engagement, land, infrastructure, finance, and leadership and governance – as these touch on the most frequently cited issues for large development schemes.

What Homes Where?  How Many Homes: A Companion Guide (2013) Local Housing Requirements Assessment Working Group (LHRAWG) including RTPI. An online resource which can be used by councils to objectively inform their Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) and help fulfil their statutory obligation to cooperate under the Localism Act.

 

Infrastructure

Transport Infrastructure Investment: Capturing the Wider Benefits of Investment in Transport Infrastructure (2013) Aims to widen the current debate on transport infrastructure provision in the UK. Argues for greater use of strategic and integrated planning in guiding decisions about transport infrastructure investment, and to promote greater understanding of the role of transport infrastructure in delivering for the UK the kinds of places where people want to live, work and invest.

 

International

Planning China's future: How planners are contributing to growth and development (December 2015). This SPIRe project examines evidence from China to show the significant economic, social and environmental value that a robust planning system can bring.The full report and summary from this research are available.

Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands (November 2015) This SPIRe project explores how proactive planning can improve the quantity and quality of development in the built environment. The full report and summary from this research are available.

InternationalcoverDelivering Better Development: The Role of the Urban and Rural Planner (November 2015) A guide for non-planners including politicians, community leaders, architects, engineers and environmentalists. Sets out a very powerful case for the part planning and planners can play in helping to tackle some of key challenges we face globally.

Worldwide Value of Planning (2013) Explains how planning can play a vital role by: promoting healthy cities; protecting and enhancing green infrastructure; providing for new transport systems; ensuring good quality housing; connecting renewable energy; and engaging communities in designing their environments.

The Charter of European Planning (2013) European Council of Spatial Planners (RTPI is a founding member). Updates the 2003 Charter of Athens. Sets out a common and widely shared vision on the future of European cities, and a framework for implementation, promoting a more pro-active role for planners in shaping public debate.

The Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response: A Guide for Humanitarian Agencies (2009) RICS, ICE, RIBA and RTPI. Demonstrates the value of using built environment professionals more widely in disaster risk reduction and response and giving early attention to engaging the right expertise to address the problems of building, infrastructure and land in order to achieve sustainable recovery and development.

Self-diagnostic Assessments of the Capacity for Planning Worldwide, Key Findings Report (2008) Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, CAP and RTPI GPN. A tool designed to help planners around the world assess their capacity to respond to the challenges of urban growth. The Self-Diagnostic Tool to Assess Planning Capacity has been developed by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Commonwealth Association of Planners.

 

Planning Performance and Resources

Progressing Performance: Investing in Scotland's Planning Service (2015) A coherent, comprehensive and up-to-date evidence base on how the planning service in Scotland is resourced and the levels of performance attained. Finds despite a significant decrease in resources in the planning service, progress is being made in improving performance.

Investing in Delivery: How we Can Respond to the Pressures on Local Authority Planning (2015) 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. Finds significant reductions in LPA budgets and staffing since 2010, with a third fewer planning staff overall.

 

Professional Standards

Ethics coverPractice Advice on Ethics and Professional Standards (April 2016) Advice for RTPI Members to support the RTPI Code of Professional Conduct and guide Members on their professional responsibilities. It covers issues including: ethicial challenges, conflicts of interest, equality and diversity, professional competency, gifts and hospitality and use of social media.

Continuing Professional Development (April 2016) Provides a step by step approach for RTPI Members who are required to take reasonable steps to maintain their professional competence throughout their working life by developing their professional skills and knowledge.

Code coverRTPI Code of Professional Conduct (February 2016) All RTPI members are bound by a Code based around five core principles: competence, honesty and integrity; independent professional judgement; due care and diligence; equality and respect; and professional behaviour - setting out required standards of practice and ethics.

 

Spatial Planning

Blueprint for a Great North Plan (June 2016) with IPPR North. This large-scale blueprint presents the best ideas to emerge on developing a Great North Plan, sets out principles for how the plan should be developed, illustrates the different layers of planning required, and proposes next steps for putting planning into action. More information available from IPPR. An A4 version of the blueprint is also available.

The Location of Development (March 2016) Major project which analyses the location and scale of recent planning permissions for housing in twelve English city-regions. This study was conducted by Bilfinger GVA, and represents a first step towards better understanding the changing spatial relationships between housing, jobs and infrastructure. The overarching report and detailed maps are available, along with detailed reports for the South-West, 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.

Developing a planning research agenda for Ireland (February 2016) RTPI Ireland commissioned University College Cork to set out a framework for developing a research agenda for planning in Ireland, focusing on the kind of research which helps planners and policymakers to develop and revitalise Ireland's towns, cities and rural areas. The full report and a summary briefing are available.

Developing a planning research agenda for Ireland (February 2016) RTPI Ireland commissioned University College Cork to set out a framework for developing a research agenda for planning in Ireland, focusing on the kind of research which helps planners and policymakers to develop and revitalise Ireland's towns, cities and rural areas. The full report and a summary briefing are available.

RTPI-Strategtic Planning -Brochure -Front CoverStrategic Planning: Effective Co-operation for Planning Across Boundaries (January 2015) Focuses on strengthening strategic planning in 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. Outlines general principles all strategic planning should follow.

Linking People, Places and Community Planning (March 2015) Explores if there is a disconnect between the processes, outcomes and priorities of spatial planning and community planning in Scotland and if so, how they can be addressed and what the benefits are for all parties.

A Map for England (2012) Examines a broad range of existing government policies and how they relate to each other. It found large numbers of policies and programmes have a strong spatial aspect to them. By overlaying a number of these maps and diagrams together, the researchers demonstrated that some policies and programmes, when considered against each other in relation to different parts of the country, may have unintended consequences. A compendium of policies in map form is also available.

Measuring the Outcomes of Spatial Planning in England (2008) RTPI and CLG Research was undertaken to explore how indicators can be used to assess and improve the contribution of spatial planning to the delivery of sustainable development. Makes recommendations for the use and on-going development and review of the outcome indicators framework.

Thinking Spatially (2014) Building on the Map for England project, this Planning Horizons project seeks to address the global challenges we face and how the lack of spatial thinking in much policy and decision making risks turning these challenges into crises. The full paper and a summary version are available.

Terben gondolkodva (2014) Miert a helyeknek kell a strategiaalkotas kozpantjaban lenniuk a huszonegyedik szazadban? The Thinking Spatially paper has also been translated into Hungarian.

Urban Form and Sustainability (March 2015)This research briefing provides initial information and evidence on the links between urban form and sustainable outcomes. It looks at sustainability through a spatial perspective, i.e. the location of new housing developments and physical and social infrastructure.

 

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