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 this challenge forward by developing aa toolkit 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 Acton 2015.
This project is kindly supported by Welsh Government.
The final project will be launched at the Wales Planning Conference on 7th June 2018.
Further details about the RTPI's Value of Planning programme can be viewed here.
Rural housing delivery in Wales: How effective is rural exception site policy?
RTPI Cymru is commissioning a study into the effectiveness of rural exception site policy in Wales.
RTPI Cymru recognises that there is a real housing need across Wales, particularly in the delivery of affordable housing. Welsh Government have identified the need to build 20,000 new affordable homes. Rural areas face particular problems in delivering affordable housing partly due to the scale of operation. Research has suggested that a range of interrelated responses to the rural housing challenge is required. RTPI Cymru, through consultation with its members have identified the need to examine the effectiveness of the Rural Exception Site Policy for delivering affordable homes in rural areas in Wales. This research is intended to identify issues surrounding the use of exception site policy in providing affordable housing in rural Wales and make initial recommendations on how the policy can be best used to deliver affordable housing, as appropriate.
The specification for the study sets out further details, and the deadline for the submission of proposals is 12 noon on 4th June 2018.
The Process for Developing Robust Housing Evidence for LDPs in Wales
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 published report and details of the key findings are available to view.
Manual of integrated demographic forecasting for local planning in Wales
A key recommendation of the research was to provide Local Planning Authorities with the skills for investigating housing projection data. RTPI Cymru, with support from Welsh Government delivered this training for LPAs in March 2017, with very positive feedback. The majority of Welsh LPAs attended the training. A Manual of integrated demograhic forecasting for local planning in Wales was produced following the training in April 2017. Many thanks to Professor Ludi Simpson for providing the training and writting the Manual.
A Map for Wales
RTPI Cymru commissioned students (Clare Beaney, Lara Lawrie, Owen Rees, Gemma Bufton and Karen Bolton) at Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography to consider a Map for Wales, through the Live project, by analysing Welsh Government policy and map spatial themes representing policy approaches and cross-sector activity. More can be read about his project here.