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Environmental planning

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If you would like to learn more about understanding land as a resource at the RTPI, Hilme fencontinue your CPD or would like to get involved, please see these links.



RTPI Promotes Action on Climate Change at United Nations Conference

RTPI sent a delegation to the World Urban Forum, run by the United Nations in Kuala Lumpur to discuss how to deliver sustainable development.


SEA/SA CoverStrategic Environmental Assessment: Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of SEA/SA for Land Use Plans

Practice advice that aims to help town planners to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SEA/SA for land use plans. It focuses on the particularly influential or problematic stages of SEA/SA, and emphasises how, when done well, it is a positive tool improving both local and neighbourhood plans, and protecting and enhancing the environment.


Better Planning - Climate Change

This project will show how effective spatial planning is an important part of a successful response to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, through tackling risk drivers such as unplanned urban development and environmental degradation, among other factors, and increasing resilience.

Global Challenges and International Agreements on Sustainable Development

Briefly describes the current global challenges facing our built and natural environment and the international agreements and commitments countries have signed to try to address them.

Delivering Cleaner Air for Scotland

Revised and updated version of the 2015 advice from Planning and Air Quality Protection UK and the Institute of Air Quality Management to make it relevant for the Scottish Planning system to ensure that air quality is adequately considered in development planning and development management in Scotland.

Ensuring Place-Responsive Design for Solar Photovoltaics on Buildings

A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers by CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI.

Shale Gas Extraction: Fracking Proposals and the Planning System

Advice for Planning Aid volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals. Planning Aid England and RTPI.

Hanham Hall, Zero Carbon Housing

Riëtte Oosthuizen from HTA Design discusses the need for effective and ongoing communication to deliver the RTPI award winning zero carbon development at Hanham Hall, Bristol.

Nature-Based Solutions for the Contemporary City

In the face of environmental challenges and anticipated climate change, Mark Scott discusses how can planning can deliver nature-based solutions and green infrastructure. See more of our blogs.

Zero Carbon Homes

The RTPI is among a group of organisations which have urged MPs to investigate the government's abandonment of its commitment to a zero-carbon building standard. Click here to read our joint letter to the Environmental Audit Committee. 

Location of Development

A major research project from the RTPI which looks at the spatial implications of new housing developments in city-regions across the UK, including the impacts on climate resilience.

Planning for Climate Change

An RTPI Learn online training module around providing 15 hours' worth of learning as a mixture of text, web links, video clips, diagrams as well as interactive quizzes with instant feedback.

Future-Proofing Society

Why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. This Planning Horizons project looks forward, beyond immediate concerns, to some of the major long-term climate change and demographic change challenges that will shape the next 100 years.

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