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Policy Papers

The RTPI Policy Papers series are pieces of research and policy analysis focused on specific questions and aimed at policymaking audiences, covering high-profile issues in at least two of the countries where the RTPI operates.

Published policy papers

Where should we build new homes? RTPI Policy Statement on identifying new housing development opportunities

Over the course of the summer of 2016 the RTPI Policy team consulted members across the RTPI regions and nations on the matter of housing land for the future. The aim was to help focus RTPI policy on related matters in order to provide a clear public voice which reflects the views of its membership.

In conjunction with an online survey, these issues have been discussed at round-table events within regions and nations. The results of both exercercises form the basis for this policy statement.

Strategic Planning

This paper published in January 2015, written together with the Policy Practice and Research Committee members, focuses on strengthening strategic planning. The paper was developed through stakeholder workshops and background research into all five nations to see how we can respond to the challenge of marrying local concerns and wider issues across city-regions and other areas.

Fostering Growth

Fostering Growth: Understanding and Strengthening the Economic Benefits of Planning covering England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland demonstrates how effective planning leads to sustainable growth by adding value, achieving efficiencies and adding certainty before making 10 recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners. The paper is the result of a 10-week call for evidence and roundtables across the UK and Ireland. The paper was published 17 June 2014.

Transport Infrastructure Investment

This policy paper was published on 15 January 2014 and particularly looks at land use and transport planning. Capturing the Wider Benefits of Investment in Transport Infrastructure argues that infrastructure projects which could deliver land for housing and for employment activities are held back because they do not pass narrowly-focused appraisals processes and do not make the full use of the skills planners. The report was developed around a series of roundtable events that took place across the RTPI regions and nations in October 2013. The roundtables were held in conjunction with external partner hosts, including the University of Manchester and CIHT. Download the full report and press notice here.

Large scale housing development

The first policy paper was published in September 2013 and particularly looked at large scale housing developments in the UK. The report, entitled Delivering Large Scale Housing: Unlocking Schemes and Sites to Help Meet the UK's Housing Needs, was developed around six roundtables that were held in England and Scotland, as well as a call for evidence. Download the full report and press notice here.

Resourcing public planning

The first 'Resourcing of planning' paper was published in July 2019 and particularly looked at trends and changes in how local authorities find and employ the resources for public planning. The report, entitled 'Five stories about local authority planning', was our analysis of Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) data on Local authority revenue expenditure and financing, as well as on our data on  'The Planning Profession in 2019. Download the full report here.


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