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Blueprint for a Great North Plan 

This large-scale blueprint presents the best ideas to emerge on developing a Great North Plan, sets out principles for how the plan should be developed, illustrates the different layers of planning required, and proposes next steps for putting planning into action. More information available from IPPR. An A4 version of the blueprint is also available. 

Decision making and corporate planning in Plymouth

Interview with Richard Grant, Local Planning Manager, Plymouth City Council on the innovative and inclusive approach taken to producing the Plymouth Plan. See more of our interviews.

Could long-term city visioning reinvigorate strategic planning?

Corinne Swain, an Arup Fellow, considers the potential of foresight techniques to support and inform strategic city-regional planning.

Planning cultures in the South East of England

Explores the role of past planning decisions and established local 'planning cultures' in shaping current approaches to planning for growth in three South East case study areas.

The process for developing robust housing evidence for local development plans in Wales

Considers the process for developing robust housing projections for Local Development Plans in Wales in response to some local planning authorities' concerns about how much flexibility they have to interpret household projections. There is a full report and a research briefing.

RTPI's response to planning reforms announcement

We welcome the reference to housing and planning within further devolution deals for City Regions, as without coordinated action on this front no progress on productivity will be lasting.

Strategic planning

Developed through stakeholder workshops and background research into all five nations to see how we can respond to the challenge of marrying local concerns and wider issues across city-regions and other areas.

Making better decisions for places

Looks at how public and private governance structures can influence the effectiveness of planning, and how barriers to delivery can be overcome.

Thinking spatially

Considers how thinking spatially can help policymakers make better judgements about how individual policy proposals affect a place as a whole.

Study into the operation of planning committees in Wales

Provides evidence on the efficiency and effectiveness of planning committees and makes recommendations for change in a 2013 report to Welsh Ministers.

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Showcases the very best in planning excellence. Plymouth City Council won the award for Local Authority Planning Team of the Year in 2016. At Plymouth all planning, strategic transport, sustainable transport, greenspace, low carbon, investment planning and capital programme management functions are integrated into a single department that has the remit to lead on creating a single strategic vision and plan for the entire council and it's key partners.

Politicians in Planning Association (PIPA)

Join our free Network for elected members which aims to address current planning related issues effectively.

Join the RTPI

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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RTPI Networks generate, demonstrate and disseminate knowledge and good practice.

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