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Briefing Papers

The RTPI's Briefing Papers are summaries of research findings on specialist themes. The Briefing Papers are designed for policy and practitioner audiences, to provide them with an overview of current research, give policy and planning recommendations on the related themes and to demonstrate the implications of these issues through selected case studies.

  • #1: Planning for more people discusses some of the issues arising from population growth and the implications for practice.
  • #2: Prospects for cities 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.
  • #3: Planning for housing in England is based on research conducted for the RTPI by the University of Cambridge and suggests how we may respond to an under-provision of housing in some areas.
  • #4: Partnerships for sub-regional growth looks at partnerships and collaborations at different spatial scales and how they can help to support planning and economic growth, including Local Enterprise Partnerships.
  • #5: The value of planning is based on research conducted by the University of Glasgow and the University of Sheffield which examines the evidence regarding the value of planning, in particular its role in adding value to development activity.
  • #6: Soft planning spaces for growth is based on research conducted for the RTPI by Oxford Brookes University and UCL, which focuses on three soft planning spaces and evaluates the effectiveness of their governance arrangements to deliver growth.
  • #7: Economic resilience in small and medium sized towns 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. The RTPI also produced an ESPON briefing focusing on Western Europe, Hidden potential of small and medium sized towns, as part of a series of European briefings that look at the characteristics of small and medium sized towns and their development potential.
  • #8: Success and innovation in planning is based on research conducted for the RTPI by Newcastle University, which focuses how places can be transformed through planning interventions.
  • #9: Urban form and sustainability provides initial information and evidence on the links between urban form and sustainable outcomes. It looks at sustainability through a spatial perspective, i.e. the location of new housing developments and physical and social infrastructure.
  • #10: Planning for growth examines the potential of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), from a limited start, to become part of a strategic mechanism to plan for growth.
  • #11: Investing in delivery 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.
  • #12: Planning as market maker explores case studies from Hamburg, Lille and Nijmegen to illustrate how proactive planning, as often utilised by our closest Western European neighbours, can lead to more quanitity and quality of output in the built environment.
  • #13: Planning China's future examines evidence from China to show the significant economic, social and environmental value that a robust planning system can bring.
  • #14: The process for developing robust housing evidence for Local Development Plans in Wales reports on RTPI Cymru commissioned research on developing housing projections for local plans in Wales.

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