Understanding and Strengthening the Economic Benefits of Planning
Planning is sometimes cited as a barrier to growth, but evidence supporting this claim is scarce. It is worth taking a step back to examine what is working and what is not.
The RTPI has developed a policy paper focused on understanding and strengthening the economic benefits of planning. The purpose is to explore what proponents and sceptics have been saying about the impact of planning and how planning can more effectively facilitate economic growth.
Planning fosters growth by adding certainty and creating communities people and businesses want to locate in. Key ingredients for successful places including transportation and infrastructure, housing, education, skills and innovation, and place combined with the certainty all developers seek, make a strong planning system essential to achieving long-term growth.
In the report the RTPI identifies case study examples where planning has had a positive impact on growth that can potentially be applied elsewhere such as communicating more effectively with the public, a more cooperative style when working with those considering a development, avoiding working within silos, and building on relationships between planners and local leaders.