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Practice advice notes

LAHB Practice Advice CoverLocal authority direct provision of housing (November 2019) This practice advice note is for local authority planners who are supporting, or want to support local-authority led delivery. It outlines both how to pro-actively support delivery and how development management can best deal with scrutinising the local authority when it is the developer.



BiodiversityinPlanning2019CoverBiodiversity in planning (November 2019) We have worked with the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning to publish practice advice on the obligations and opportunities to promote biodiversity through the UK planning systems. It will equip readers with a solid foundation knowledge about the key challenges relating to biodiversity and the current national statutory duties and guidance that should be addressed through planning.



CLOCS CoverrPlanning for Construction Safety (March 2019) This practice advice outlines the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) Standard. It is a voluntary standard designed to ensure that construction related vehicles operate in the safest way with the smallest local impact. It provides a roadmap for planners to implement the CLOCS Standard into planning policy and permissions.



DeliveringLargeScaleHousingPracticeAdvice2019CoverDelivering Large Scale Housing (February 2019) This practice advice provides an introduction to some of the main issues involved in delivering large scale housing developments, providing the tools, experience and best practice examples. It  is based on learning from research carried out in the South West of England, and also includes case studies and key policy from the rest of the UK.



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.



Renewable Energy Practice Advice 2018CoverRenewable Energy (May 2018) this practice advice demonstrates how proactive planning can help deliver renewable energy projects on the ground, outlining key policy initiatives and highlighting good practice case studies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.



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. A summary is also available.


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Digital Economy and Town Planning (May 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.



RTPI Guide To Working InternationallyGuide to Working Internationally (February 2017) contains general information, tips and relevant contacts for working in planning around the world. The guide is for individual members and independent consultancies looking to expand beyond the UK and Ireland.



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Dementia and Town Planning (January 2017) Creating better environments for people living with dementia. Endorsed by Alzheimer's Society this practice advice summarises expert advice, outlines key planning and health policy and highlights case studies.


EthicsAdvice2017 Practice Advice on Ethics and Professional Standards (Updated 2017 based on 2016 advice) Advice for RTPI Members to support the RTPI Code of Professional Conduct and guide Members on their professional responsibilities. It covers issues including: ethicial challenges, conflicts of interest, equality and diversity, professional competency, gifts and hospitality and use of social media.



CPDadvice2017CoverContinuing Professional Development (Updated 2017) Provides a step by step approach for RTPI Members who are required to take reasonable steps to maintain their professional competence throughout their working life by developing their professional skills and knowledge.



Starting your own practice coverStarting your own Private Practice (April 2016) is designed to support our members who are considering, or who have recently set up as a planning consultant. It focuses on the needs of the independent consultant, small consultancies or those going into partnership. We have also highlighted the support the RTPI provides for our private sector members.


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