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Economy and planning

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.


Delivering the Value of Planning (2016) demonstrates how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth and housing. It also suggests why in the UK we are not consistently realising the value of planning in practice, especially compared to parts of continental Europe. It is based on research by The University of Glasgow, The University of Sheffield and the RTPI. A summary briefing is also available.

Digital Economy coverDigital Economy and Town Planning (2017) demonstrates what planners can do to ensure the right conditions are in place for the growth of the tech sector. It highlights the opportunities new technology offers for planning. This practice advice builds on our Planning and Tech policy paper published last year.


Tech CoverPlanning and Tech: Planning for the Growth of the Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors (2016) The technology and AM sectors are among the main drivers of growth in Britain's metropolitan areas today. This report sets out recommendations for better capturing the social benefits of technology and AM sector growth, including collaborate with tech firms in urban regeneration projects and use firms' skills to address cities' infrastructural challenges.


RTPI South West region - Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West (2016) This research examines Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) in the South West of England in relation to delivering economic growth and their engagement with strategic planning and sustainable development. The research was conducted for the RTPI South West region by Chris Balch, Plymouth University, Mary Elkington, Figura Planning, and Gareth Jones, Hardisty Jones Associates. The full report and summary briefing are now available from this project.

Can investments in planning deliver economic benefits to private citizens? (2016) This working paper reports on a small-scale econometric study into the effects of investment in parkland in Dagenham, East London, on surrounding house prices. The study seeks to determine if this type of planning intervention to turn around a run-down area, an activity typically thought of as a social goal, can also be shown to have economic value. The working paper is accompanied by a summary briefing.

Planning China's future: How planners are contributing to growth and development (2015) This SPIRe project examines evidence from China to show the significant economic, social and environmental value that a robust planning system can bring.The full report and summary from this research are available.

Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands (2015) This SPIRe project explores how proactive planning can improve the quantity and quality of development in the built environment. The full report and summary from this research are available.

The Gorbals Regeneration: Delivering Economic Value Through Planning (2015) Shows how planning and regeneration have been used to deliver economic benefits to the residents of The Gorbals in South Glasgow. Part of the Value of Planning research programme.

Investing in Delivery: How we Can Respond to the Pressures on Local Authority Planning in North West England (2015) This research examines the resourcing of local planning authorities in the North West of England, whether a lack of resources is impacting on growth and development, and what can be done to respond to these pressures. A full report and summary briefing are available.

A brighter future for our towns and cities (2015) Provides concise, practical recommendations for supporting underperforming towns and cities. It was devleoped through a unique collaboration between the RTPI and the Institute for Economic Development (IED), Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and the Royal Institute of Chatered Surveyors (RICS).

Regional Development in Northern Ireland: Perspectives from ESPON (2014) This publication, written by Cliff Hague, draws on findings in ESPON research that are relevant to Northern Ireland, and in particular to the Regional Development Strategy.

PH cover 4Creating Economically Successful Places (2014) This Planning Horizons project considers the major economic trends that will shape societies in the twenty-first century – from population change, globalisation and competition, to technological change and the increased scarcity of natural resources - and how planners can play a vitral role in supporting sustainable economic growth. The full paper and summary are available.

Delivering Growth? Planning and Growth Management in the South East of England (2014) Research conducted for the RTPI by Dave Valler (Oxford Brookes University) and Nick Phelps (University College London), suggests that 'larger than local' public sector leadership can be key to private sector growth. It examines the governance, organisational forms and patterns of leadership across three sub-regions, and compares and contrasts the efficacy of these diverse arrangements in delivering growth. The findings are available in a full report and research briefing.

Evidence from ESPON to Support Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2014) Outlines ESPON results which may support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) activities in the UK. This information is also useful for regional or local decision-makers who wish to promote the objectives included in smart growth – from strengthening research and development and innovation, to promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.

Planning for Growth: The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (2015) Following the abolition of regional plans, a major question is how to effectively undertake strategic planning to support economic growth objectives as well as sustainable development principles. This research project by Northumbria University and Durham University examined the potential of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), from a limited start, to become part of a strategic mechanism to plan for growth. A final report and briefing are available.

The Value of Planning (2014) Research, conducted for the RTPI by Professor David Adams, The University of Glasgow, and Professor Craig Watkins, The University of Sheffield, examines the value of planning, focusing primarily on economic and financial value, while recognising the importance of broader social and environmental value. It represents the only recent and wide-ranging review of research regarding the economic value of planning. The findings are available in a full report and a research briefing.

Fostering Growth Cover ImageFostering Growth: Understanding and Strengthening the Economic Benefits of Planning (2014) Covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Demonstrates how effective planning leads to sustainable growth by adding value, achieving efficiencies and adding certainty before making 10 recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.


Prospects for cities (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, highlights the significance of core cities to the national economy and reflects on the approaches taken by Leeds and Manchester to generate prosperity beyond the capital.

Partnerships for sub-regional growth (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, looks at partnerships and collaborations at different spatial scales and how they can help to support planning and economic growth, including Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Economic resilience in small and medium sized towns (2014) A research briefing based on ESPON research, looks at the varying levels of economic resilience in European regions after the financial crisis and the key factors for local economic resilience and development.

Hidden potential of small and medium sized towns (2014), a research briefing based on ESPON research, is part of a series of European briefings that look at the characteristics of small and medium sized towns and their development potential. It focuses on Western Europe.