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South West Planning Policy


Geoff Walker was appointed to the position of RTPI SW Policy Project Officer in June 2008.  His post is fully funded by the Region for 10 hrs a week.  The purpose of his role is to facilitate and support the involvement of the RTP SW Region in regional issues, in particular spatial planning and to liaise with the Region's media, in particular acting as a point of contact.  

Please click below for updates on the work being carried out in the Region.

Update May 2016 - coming soon
This update will feature information about all of the Neighbourhood Plans completed
or in preparation across the region. This will be the most comprehensive review
of progress in the South West since Geoff's November 2013 Update . It will show that
although the number of Neighbourhood Plan Area Designations has increased
significantly over the last two years or so, only a very small number of Plans
have so far been completed ( 'made').   

Update March 2016 - This report begins by reviewing Local Plan/Core Strategy progress in the region and is notable in being able not only to cover those final few documents, which should shortly see complete geographical coverage achieved, but also to look at some of the plan review work which is leading to some interesting 'second generation' Local Plans. It goes on to look at a call for evidence in a review of rural planning ; and Historic England's report 'Heritage counts 2015' ; progress on the devolution front ; and the latest South West energy infrastructure news. Finally, it reviews what appears to be a refreshingly strategic overview of trends and challenges within the built environment area, in the shape of the House of Lords Select Committee report ' Building better places.

Update January 2016 - Includes highlights of 2015, Local Plan progress in the region and the latest national initiatives on the Neighbourhood Planning front. The report comments on the region's newly designated Multi-site Enterprise Zone, success for one of the region's LEPs in its latest Growth Deal funding bid and at two new major South West infrastructure landmarks. It goes on to look at progress on government support
for major housing schemes and 'new garden towns', progress on Hinkley Point C,
the work of the Severn Estuary Forum and the RTPI SW research into the LEPs and
the Planning Process and the RTPI research into the Location of Development.

Update November 2015

Update September 2015

Update July 2015

Update May 2015

Update March 2015

Update January 2015

Contact Details:


Tel No. 07966 833653