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Invest and prosper: a business case for investing in planning

This research will provide an evidence-based business case for investment in planning in the UK. It will draw on other previous and ongoing RTPI work including Measuring Planning Outcomes and the Value of Planning. The overarching aim is to provide data on the social, environmental and economic benefits of investing in planning. This includes the upfront costs and the dividends from that investment. We have appointed Vivid Economics to lead this work and a final report should be available in early-Autumn.

This research is being funded by the RTPI as an early part of the RTPI’s Corporate Strategy 2020-2030. Pillar two of the strategy is Supporting Planning Services, positioning the RTPI as “the leading advocate campaigning for well-resourced, effective planning functions that support the outcomes local communities want to see.” A key strategy for pillar two is to promote the business case for investing in planning, developing an evidence based narrative demonstrating how investment in planning resources can return dividends and deliver wider strategic priorities for local authorities, business and the environment.

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