Both the RTPI & CIH respond to public consultations across the UK. Via the Bulletin & events input to inform responses is garnered, and from time-to-time joint RTPI-CIH responses have been made to emphasis shared interests.
Current consultations relating to planning for housing are:
Next steps to zero carbon homes: small sites exemption
This consultation paper explores how the proposed exemption for small builders might work, to inform further development of the policy. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 7 January 2015.
Other consultations to which the RTPI may be responding are listed here.
As frequently as topics and interest warrant we offer Network events or arrange contributions to more general RTPI & CIH events.
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Planning for Housing Network events are tailored to members interests, and we often develop events in response to suggestions and offers from members. Our events range from simple lunchtime meetings for sharing practice information, to visits to see good practice on the ground, and one-day events covering topics of special interest. Every event can contribute directly to your Continuing Professional Development.
Pictured are study tours for members to the new 'urban village' of Lightmoor in Telford (photo courtesy of member Angela Banks) and to Park Hill in Sheffield (photo by Stewart Currie).
We also encourage members to submit information for inclusion in our email bulletin and the website, to host small member events, and to promote dialogue and discussion. Items for the bulletin might include news and information on research projects, events and good practice, or requests for information from other members to help you in your work.
Your input is more than welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a sample of events previously offered by members to members, which may help to spark a new idea!:
Housing delivery: the Lyons Review and findings from the latest S106 research
In conjunction with JRF we offered this event in 5 locations across England (the fifth to be in London in 2015). The S106 presentation from Dr Sue Brownill can be seen here; the Lyons Review presentation from Malcolm Sharp can be seen here.
Local Housing Off-site Construction
This was an opportunity to see how off-site construction is achieved through a visit to the Accord Group 'Homes Factory' in Walsall (pictured). See here for some background.
Delivering Affordable Housing: sharing latest practice
This event looked at how flexibilities in affordable housing policies have been challenged and innovative routes have had to be found. The three presentations are available here: Pippa Read, Michael Russell, Robert Farnsworth.
'Council Housing for the 21st Century'
This was the subject of a 2012 event hosted by Birmingham City Council and EC Harris LLP, Built Asset Consultancy, in Birmingham. Attendees had the opportunity both to examine the way in which new, mixed-tenure housing is being delivered via the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and also see the product on the ground (see photo right). The presentation made at the event is available to view here.
We must fix it: Delivering reform of the building sector to meet the UK's housing and economic challenges
The thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) has been conducting wide-ranging research into housing policy. The latest in their series of reports looked at housing supply. In the long run, the only way to end the UK's chronic housing crisis is to build many more homes. But, the report asks, are Britain's big builders willing and able to deliver the new houses we need?
The author of the ippr report Matt Griffith and ippr Senior Research Fellow Andy Hull outlined their research and led a discussion of its findings and their implications. A note from the meeting including additional presentation material used is available here.
Study Visit to Harlow
Newhall is a new community of approximately 6,000 inhabitants on the outskirts of Harlow. The publicity describes it as a neighbourhood where design, community and ecology work as one. Our first Network event for 2011 offered the chance to see the place first-hand. Many thanks to Studio Real, the Newhall masterplanners, who facilitated the visit. Photos of the visit can be seen here.
Arrested Development: Are we building houses in the right places?
The Centre for Cities produced a Report with the title adopted for this event which argues that the UK's housing problem has become an economic problem. Our Network event with the author Tom Aldred considered the content of the Report and discussed the recommendations in some detail - see the Presentation here.