On Wednesday, 29 January RTPI members and stakeholders gathered in Dublin to discuss how planning interacts with economic growth and whether planning systems can better facilitate growth whilst considering social and environmental factors. The discussion organised by RTPI Ireland is the eighth roundtable in a series to develop an upcoming RTPI policy paper 'Planning for Growth: strengthening economic benefits of planning' exploring planning and growth in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The paper, to be published later this year, will identify lessons that can be applied elsewhere in addition to make recommendations for policy makers, developers and planners within the public and private sectors. It aims to answer the questions: How does planning facilitate economic growth? Can more be done?
RTPI Ireland Chair Marion Chalmers said: "The planning community plays an important role in making the most of economic opportunity. RTPI Ireland is excited to be a part of developing further evidence in making the case how planners and others can work more closely with one another to achieve successful outcomes."
The economic growth policy paper follows earlier papers on large-scale housing and transport infrastructure. In the coming weeks RTPI Ireland will host an additional roundtable examining strategic planning in the lead up to a future RTPI policy paper.