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'Manifesto for Planning' launched by Royal Town Planning Institute

14 April 2010

  • Institute sets out clear view of what the profession stands for and seeks in the future
  • Launched alongside election special page analysing party positions on planning

The Royal Town Planning Institute, the professional body that represents 22,000 town and country planners, has today launched its 'Planning: Shaping the Future' manifesto. The document argues that planning is one of the essential mechanisms through which many of the next government's key objectives can be delivered on the ground. It also sets out a clear vision for a planning system that is effective, responsive and fit for purpose, at a time when each of the political parties has radically differing ideas about how the planning system should operate.

In the manifesto, the Institute argues that the current planning system is not 'broken' and that the challenge for the next government will to be to build on the strong foundations of the existing system, especially to help drive forward economic recovery whilst involving local people in a meaningful way to shape the right decisions about their communities.

The RTPI believes that the next government must take a serious look at how we plan for the future, arguing that strategic planning at the international, national and sub-national levels, through an integrated and genuinely spatial approach, is vital to ensure that the needs of the wider than local community interest are properly addressed.

Martin Willey, Chair of the RTPI's Planning Policy and Practice Committee said:

\"The RTPI's Manifesto for Planning could not come at a more important moment. It is absolutely essential that the importance and value of planning is restated to an incoming government and that a clear view of what the profession stands for and seeks in the future is widely promoted.
The Manifesto sets out the way forward for an effective and responsive planning system, and the Institute and its members are ready to play their key role in shaping economic recovery through the planning system, ensuring that development is sustainable and climate change proof.\"

Click here for the 'Manifesto for Planning'. It is also available in summary form. The RTPI has simultaneously launched an election special page, collating each of the parties policies on planning and the built environment – this is at