Rural housing delivery in Wales: How effective is rural exception site policy?
RTPI Cymru commissioned a team at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University to carry out a study into the effectiveness of rural exception site policy in Wales. Further details are available here.
The Value of Planning in Wales
At the RTPI Cymru Wales Planning Conference in June 2016, Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, set out five 'asks' of the planning system and those involved in delivering it, including the need to recognise the value of planning and the economic value that creates.
This led to a project to develop a toolkit to measure the value of planning in Wales, and was kindly supported by Welsh Government. Further details can be viewed here.
The Process for Developing Robust Housing Evidence for LDPs in Wales
RTPI Cymru commissioned a research study by the School of Planning and Geography Cardiff University to consider the process for developing robust housing projections for Local Development Plans in Wales. The research was carried out in response to some local planning authorities' uncertainty and concerns about how much flexibility they have to interpret household projections. The published report and details of the key findings are available to view.
Manual of integrated demographic forecasting for local planning in Wales
A key recommendation of the research was to provide Local Planning Authorities with the skills for investigating housing projection data. RTPI Cymru, with support from Welsh Government delivered this training for LPAs in March 2017, with very positive feedback. The majority of Welsh LPAs attended the training. A Manual of integrated demograhic forecasting for local planning in Wales was produced following the training in April 2017. Many thanks to Professor Ludi Simpson for providing the training and writting the Manual.
A Map for Wales
RTPI Cymru commissioned students (Clare Beaney, Lara Lawrie, Owen Rees, Gemma Bufton and Karen Bolton) at Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography to consider a Map for Wales, through the Live project, by analysing Welsh Government policy and map spatial themes representing policy approaches and cross-sector activity. More can be read about his project here.