New from the RTPI
RTPI Research Programme: 2019-2021 (February 2019) At the heart of our research programme is an objective to strengthen a three way collaboration between planning professionals, academics and policy-makers to help each group learn from one another. Our new research programme defines our ethos and articulates our vision for the next three years. It covers: the objectives and principles guiding our research; the main topics we will investigate; and the projects we will work on in 2019.
An Agenda for Planning Research: Key Findings from the 2018 RTPI Member and Stakeholder Research Consultation (February 2019) During 2018 the RTPI surveyed our members and stakeholders to inform the RTPI research programme for 2019-21. We also wanted to contribute evidence to guide planning research more broadly. This report summarises some of the key findings of the consultation.
Clearing a Path between Planners, Planning Policy and Academics: Perspectives on the Challenges and Opportunities of Planning Research (February 2019) This position paper outlines how the findings of our research consultation can be a resource for the planning profession and help direct the research activities of practitioners, research institutes, academics, and funding bodies in the UK and abroad.
Serving the Public Interest? The Reorganisation of Planning Services in an Era of Reluctant Outsourcing (January 2019) An in-depth qualitative study based on focus groups of planning professionals. Respondents said many LPAs have adapted to resource pressures by being more efficient and business-like, but raised concern that planning is increasingly seen as a commercial, revenue-generating tool which could skew decision-making on applications.
Environmental Planning after Brexit: Working with the Legacy of EU Environmental Directives (January 2019) This research identifies ways of improving the relationship between inherited EU environmental legislation and planning. It shows where there may be opportunities for enhancement or simplification, in the way that environmental standards are achieved, and especially whether there is duplication between environmental and planning regimes.
Rural Housing Delivery in Wales: How Effective is Rural Exception Site Policy (January 2019) Welsh Government have identified the need to build 20,000 new affordable homes. Rural areas face particular problems in delivering affordable housing partly due to the scale of operation. RTPI Cymru identified the need to examine the effectiveness of the Rural Exception Site Policy for delivering affordable homes in rural areas in Wales.
Achieving Sustainable Drainage: A Review of Delivery by Local Lead Flood Authorites (2019) RTPI has supported the Landscape Institute and Construction Industry Council in this research to evaluate the effectiveness of SuDS delivery through the planning system in England. It found 96% of local authorities report that the quality of planning submissions for SuDS are either 'inadequate' or 'mixed'. It goes on the make recommendations for improvement.
Rising to the Climate Crisis: A Guide for Local Authorities on Planning for Climate Change (2018) Produced jointly with the TCPA, and updated in December 2018 following the publication of NPPF 2, this guide gives politicians and planners the knowledge and confidence to tackle climate change and improve resilience. It is designed to inform the preparation of strategic and local development plans being prepared by local and combined authorities in England.
Planners 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.