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The value of planning in Wales

At the RTPI Cymru Wales Planning Conference in June 2016, Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, set out five 'asks' of the planning system and those involved in delivering it, including the need to recognise the value of planning and the economic value that creates.

This research project, conducted by Arup, is intended to take forward this challenge by developing and testing a model or framework for capturing the economic, social and environmental value delivered by local authority planning.

This is especially important given reduced resourcing for local authorities and the increasing pressures on local authority planning departments in particular, and also the context of the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015.

The commissioning client for this project is the RTPI Policy, Practice and Research team in London and RTPI Cymru. This project is kindly supported by Welsh Government.

Stakeholder launch event

A stakeholder launch event for the project was held in Cardiff in May 2017. The purpose of the event was to bring together various representatives from the planning and built environment professions to ask participants what they thought we should measure for the project and how we should measure it.

In order to focus the event, the seven well-being goals set-out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 were used to guide discussions and organise the breakout groups.

A summary of the discussions is included in an event summary note.