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About Policy

The RTPI holds a unique position in relation to planning as a professional membership body, a charity and a learned institute. We have a responsibility to promote the policy needs of spatial planning in the UK, Ireland and internationally.

The Institute plays a number of policy roles. We generally aim to create a policy environment that creates the conditions for planning practice to flourish.

Our Briefing Notes contain our top lines on key planning issues.

What we do

Policy Priorities

The RTPI recently held round tables across the UK and Ireland and also ran an open consultation with members regarding the future policy and research work programme of the Institute. The Policy Practice and Research Committee had a day-long seminar on the policy and research priorities for the period 2015-17. Following that the Committee made recommendations to the RTPI Board of Trustees which were accepted this month.

We envisage that there could be a range of future work programmes each containing related projects. These will be selected from suggestions originating in the consultation in autumn 2014 and from our continuing engagement internally and externally. In choosing these programmes and projects the RTPI will be pursuing activity which :  

      • Will achieve the promotion of planning
      • Is activity which if the RTPI does not do it, won't happen
      • Is applicable to a variety of jurisdictions
      • Delivers value for money (including building on existing work)
      • Is capable of contributing to improving planning practice  

Any given work programme will include projects which should generally address one or more of the following cross cutting themes or prisms:  

      •  Climate change and resilience
      •  Housing which is affordable
      •  Inclusivity – including ageing population
      •  Taking the long view
      •  Poverty/Inequality/Intergenerational issues
      •  Community engagement and governance

Click here to see the immediate research work being undertaken in the first months of 2015

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