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The Worldwide Value of Planning

19 June 2014

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is launching today an illustrated booklet on the 'The Worldwide Value of Planning’. The booklet which has been prodThe Worldwide Value Of Planninguced in the RTPI’s centenary year looks at some of the major challenges the world is currently facing and explains how planning can play a vital role in addressing those issues.

Dr. Peter Geraghty, RTPI President 2013-14 said: “I am delighted that we have launched today the latest offering from the Royal Town Planning Institute. The booklet entitled the Worldwide Value of Planning has been developed by the Institute's International Committee to showcase the value that planning brings to communities throughout the world. It is intended to promote the practice of effective spatial planning internationally. The booklet is an embodiment of why we are proud of planning and I would encourage planners to publicise it to colleagues and policy-makers everywhere.”

Society is facing some major challenges in the next one hundred years. Rapid urbanisation, pollution, poverty and inequality, and climate changes to, are all complex issues that planning can help to address by looking at the whole picture.”

The booklet, 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.

Professional planning was established one hundred years ago. In one sense, explains the booklet, we face many of the same challenges now as we did a century ago. Now as then we need quality affordable housing, improved public health particularly in cities and we need to balance economic development with the protection of the environment. Planning can help to do this.