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Expert Witness cover imagePlanners as Expert Witnesses How planners can improve their effectiveness at planning inquiries and hearings (September 2018) This practice advice sets out the duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness, along with top tips on how to improve your performance. It also outlines the procedures for planners to have professional access to barristers.



Cover ImageThe Impacts of Brexit on UK Implementation of Key EU Legislation Affecting Land Use (July 2018) Understanding the implications of Britain's exit from the European Union is a key concern for planners. This briefing paper maps the full range of relevant directives and regulations affecting land use, and their applicability to different outcomes of the Brexit process. Published in conjunction with Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).



Chief Planning Officers 2018CoverChief Planning Officers (June 2018) This research looks at the current corporate and strategic influence of planning in local authorities. Through a detailed analysis of management structures in 212 local authorities, this study found that only 23% of local authorities surveyed in the UK and Ireland had a head of planning service that reported directly to the local authority Chief Executive.


Investing In Delivery PageInvesting in Delivery (June 2018) A summary of research that considers the level of investment in public sector planning services in two English regions, RTPI North West and RTPI South East and how this relates to performance and delivery.  The study makes recommendations for best practice based on surveys and interviews with focus groups from local authorities.



Infographic FINALValue of Planning in Wales Toolkit (June 2018) RTPI Cymru and Welsh Government commissioned research to develop a tool to explore the value of planning in Wales. The tool and  its 'Value Dashboard' has been designed to provide a platform to demonstrate the value planning contributes and how planning is positively contributing to Wales' seven well-being goals.



Lo DsnapshotimageLocation of Development (May 2018) This is the largest study of its kind. It maps and analyses the location of permissions for over 220,000 new homes in 12 fast-growing city-regions between 2012 and 2017, including Cambridge, Brighton, Leeds and Newcastle. It is divided into two 'rounds' – 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2017, which allows comparison on how spatial issues are changing since the NPPF came into force in 2012.


Report CoverSettlement Patterns, Urban Form and Sustainability: An Evidence Base (May 2018)

This research paper accompanies the 2017 update of the analysis. It describes how large and compact settlement patterns support economic productivity, promote sustainable mobility, improves public health and can encourage continued physical activity, economic participation and social interaction for an ageing population.


Renewable Energy Practice Advice 2018CoverRenewable Energy Practice Advice (May 2018)

This advice demonstrates planning's role in delivering renewable energy in the new low carbon economy. Through examples like Wales's first large-scale battery storage scheme, Siemens offshore turbine manufacturing plant in Hull and Scotland's marine plan, the note shows that at a strategic and local level, planning is vital in identifying suitable developments, empowering key stakeholders, and enabling local communities to deliver affordable renewable energy networks.


Planning For Climate Change - TCPA 2018 - CoverPlanning for Climate Change: A Guide for Local Authorities (May 2018)

This report, jointly produced with the Town and Country Planning Association, provides guidance to local planners and politicians in England on how to tackle climate change and improve resilience. It provides best practice case studies and comprehensive summary of key climate change legislation and current policy. Annex three can be found here, and four here.

This is a 'living' document and will be updated following the final publication of the draft NPPF.


PlanningRisk&DevelopmentPlanning Risk and Development: How greater planning certainty would affect residential development (April 2018) 

Qualitative research into the widely held assumption that planning risk is a key contributor to sluggish housing supply. It found that moving towards permission in plan (e.g. zoning) is not a silver bullet solution to speeding up housing supply. Conducted by the Bartlett School of Planning and London School of Economics.



SEA/SA CoverStrategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Appraisal (SEA/SA) (January 2018) this practice advice aims to help town planners 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.




LocalAuthorityDirectProvisionHousingCoverLocal authority direct provision of housing (December 2017) this joint NPF/ RTPI commissioned research identifies the practical ways in which local authorities in England are engaging in the direct provision of housing in their areas.






FireSafetyCoverResponsibility for fire safety during the development application process in England (October 2017) this short briefing explains the various roles relating to fire safety during the planning application process.






ImprovingFireSafetyCoverImproving fire safety in development management in England (October 2017) Grenfell has made it clear to everyone involved in the built environment that improving fire safety must be a priority. This paper discusses best practice in development  management for minimising fire risk, and considers where changes to policy and/or practice might be desirable.




Deliverability&AffordabilityHousingSWThe deliverability and affordability of housing in the South West of England (October 2017) commissioned by RTPI SW this research expands understanding about how planning can deliver affordable housing, through an examination and comparison of six recent large-scale housing developments. A full report and summary briefing are available.