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Location of Development

Jump to: Overarching report | Regional reports | Download the maps

 

Introduction

Statistics are regularly published on the number of planning permissions granted and houses completed. These are increasingly used to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning system - however this debate should not rest on quantity alone. The location and scale of new housing in equally important.

This work programme from the RTPI and Bilfinger GVA maps the location of recent planning permissions across 12 English city-regions, representing over 165,000 housing units. It then analyses them by scale and proximity to major employment clusters and railway stations, in order to explore the relationship between housing, jobs and infrastructure.

This research is a first step towards understanding the spatial dimensions of growth across England. It aims to provide a resource for planners and other stakeholders to explore the distribution of new housing across cities, towns and their surrounding rural areas, and to widen the debate around how we monitor the effectiveness of the planning system. 

 

Overarching report

The first report from the Location of Development work programme was published in March 2016. It describes why we commissioned the research, explains the methodology, and introduces the maps, data and analysis for the 12 city-regions. 

Click here to download the report (11MB)

Cover

Read coverage of this report in CityMetric | The Planner | LocalGov 

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Regional reports

The overarching report was followed by three in-depth reports for the South West, South East and North West RTPI regions, which sponsored the research. These standalone reports combine the data, mapping and analysis for their respective city-regions with commentary from roundtable discussions. At these roundtables, our members examined the findings of the study and discussed the local factors which are shaping the distribution and sustainability of planning permissions. 

 

South West

The report for the South West region was published on Tuesday 12 July, following its launch at the RTPI South West Infrastructure Conference. It focuses on planning permissions for over 40,000 housing units in the Bristol, Bournemouth and Plymouth city-regions, and includes commentary from our members in the region.

Click here to download the South West report (10MB)  

 

South East

The report for the South East region was published on Wednesday 15 November. It focuses on planning permissions for just under 19,000 housing units in the Oxford and Brighton city-regions, and includes commentary from our members in the region.

Click here to download the South East report (6MB)

 

North West

The report for the North West region was published on Monday 9 January. It focuses on planning permissions for over 20,000 housing units in and around Blackburn and Warrington, and includes commentary from our members in the region.

Click here to download the North West report (10MB)

 

Research paper

A final report will then be published in Autumn 2017 on the spatial dimensions of sustainability, looking beyond the simple metrics of proximity to employment and rail to consider the much broader range of factors which contribute to our notion of a 'sustainable location'. This will build on our 2015 briefing paper on 'Urban form and sustainability'  

 

Download the maps

You can download the Location of Development maps for each of the city-regions below. These images from the Royal Town Planning Institute are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If you would like to discuss the use of these maps, please email james.harris@rtpi.org.uk

Cambridge

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Brighton

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Oxford

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Bournemouth

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Bristol

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Plymouth

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Coventry

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Nottingham

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Newcastle

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Blackburn

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Warrington

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |

Leeds

Maps of planning permissions, rail and existing land use: Simple | Detailed

Map of major employment clusters

Maps of specialist employment sectors: Manufacturing | Computer programming | Science and R&D | Telecommunications |