Planning for a Smart Energy Future (July 2019) This report highlights the lack of attention given to 'smart energy' in national planning policy and guidance and the gap between what happens on the ground and the opportunities offered by smart energy. It makes recommendations for the Government and planners. The report was commissioned by RTPI South West.
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.
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.
Renewable 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.
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.
Strategic 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. A summary is also available.
Shale Gas Extraction: Fracking proposals and the planning system (March 2017) - advice for Planning Aid volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals. Planning Aid England and RTPI.
Delivering Cleaner Air for Scotland: Development planning and development management (2017) RTPI Scotland with Environmental Protection Scotand have revised and updated 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 (September 2016) CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI. A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers.
Future-Proofing Society (2014) This Planning Horizons project looks at why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. A full paper and summary are available.
Planning Naturally: Spatial Planning with Nature in Mind: in the UK and Beyond (2013) With RSPB and CIEEM. Shows how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process, and inspires with examples of good practice. It is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, illustrated with case studies from the UK and international examples.