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Economy and growth

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The Value of Planning

Latest in our extensive programme of research demonstrates how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth and housing. It also suggests why in the UK we are not consistently realising the value of planning in practice, especially compared to parts of continental Europe.

Location of Development

A major research programme to map and analyse recent planning permissions for housing across twelve city-regions in England.

Planning and Tech: Planning for the Growth of the Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors

The technology and AM sectors are among the main drivers of growth in Britain's metropolitan areas today. This report sets out recommendations for better capturing the social benefits of technology and AM sector growth, including collaborate with tech firms in urban regeneration projects and use firms' skills to address cities' infrastructural challenges.

What does Brexit mean for planning and planners?

Richard Blyth considers what the implications of Brexit are likely to be for planning and planners. See more of our blogs.

Can investments in planning deliver economic benefits to private citizens?

Reports on a small-scale econometric study into the effects of investment in parkland in Dagenham, East London, on surrounding house prices. Examines if this type of social goal can also be shown to have economic value. There is a working paper and summary briefing.

Kieron Hyams interview - planning and the market economy

By discussing his role in key research and evaluation projects Kieron demonstrates the pivotal role planning can have in ensuring good decision making in the market economy.

Planning China's future: How planners contribute to growth and development

This research project shows how the firm confidence among planners and political leaders in China that planning can be a leading force in fostering economic growth is largely due to a proactive interpretation of the role of planning in strengthening the economy as well as shaping the market according to the needs of society.

Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands

This research project finds that when planning is provided with a proactive remit to utilise functions such as upfront investment in infrastructure and land assembly, planning can add value by creating certainty for market actors and boosting demand for development through the creation of place-quality.

Investing in delivery: how we can respond to the pressures on local authority planning

Examines whether a lack of resources in the North West of England is impacting on growth and development, and what can be done to respond to these pressures. Finds significant reductions in LPA budgets and staffing since 2010, with a third fewer planning staff overall.

Viability: what does it mean for the plan led system?

John Wacher from the London Borough of Islington considers the impact of viability assessments on the plan-led system.

Planning for growth: the role of LEPs

Final report published in July 2015 finds that LEPs could play a critical role in devolution to cities and regions and in promoting economic growth, but their potential is being held back by their unclear status and unfamiliarity with town planning.

The Gorbals regeneration - delivering economic value through planning

Shows how, after two decades of regeneration, unemployment in The Gorbals fell by 31% between 2004 and 2012, making a much needed case that good planning  has a direct impact on individuals' lives, rather than just delivering 'gentrification' effects.

A brighter future for our towns and cities

A unique collaboration from the RTPI, Institute of Economic Development, Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this report offers practical steps to regenerate our underperforming cities to unleash their economic potential. 

Fostering growth: understanding and strengthening the economic benefits of planning

Outlines RTPI policy and demonstrates how effective planning leads to sustainable growth by adding value, achieving efficiencies and adding certainty by using case studies.

Creating economically successful places

Examines how planners can play a critical role in supporting sustainable economic growth.

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.

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.

Viability: Understanding development economics

Complete the interactive activities online to improve your understanding of viability. 

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Showcases the very best in exceptional examples of planning to create economically successful places. The 2016 winner was University of Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus 2005-15, is the biggest university-industry collaboration in the UK and required many tightly programmed projects to successfully deliver the transformational redevelopment of the campus.

Regeneration Network

Join our free Network which plays an important part in developing policy, knowledge and good practice for RTPI members.

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Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Our members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. You will also access a huge range of member benefits from access to special interest networks to discounts on events, talks and at high street retailers.

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