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Place Matters

July 20, 2017

What is a sense of place and why should it matter to every local authority and how can councils foster a positive sense of place? This briefing provides an introduction to a future series of briefings exploring place and planning, wellbeing, the arts, engagement, regeneration and new places.


Making sense of a ‘sense of place’: a planning perspective

May 25, 2017

Benefits from a strong sense of place range from greater wellbeing through to revitalising a local economy. Planners are crucial to cultivating a sense of place, but there are challenges to putting this into practice. This is the first in a series of briefings about a sense of place.



Housing White Paper – Fixing our broken housing market

March 1, 2017

The overall emphasis of the White Paper is on increasing the supply of housing over the longer term, primarily through changes to the planning system. This briefing focuses firstly on the more immediate housing issues and then on the key issues for planning.



Delivering the Value of Planning

October 29, 2016

The RTPI have published a report showing how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth. The findings run counter to the view that planning is an impediment to development. Meanwhile, the new ministerial team for planning appears to be adopting a more constructive approach to working with local planning authorities.


Queen’s Speech 2016 – devolution and local growth

June 13, 2016

The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.


Housing and Planning Act 2016

May 23, 2016

The Housing and Planning Act has been highly contentious. This briefing summarises and comments on the key provisions – such as permission in principle, the right to buy for housing association tenants, ‘pay to stay’ and the sale of empty high value council housing.


Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

April 28, 2016

The government has recently published a consultation on its draft cycling and walking investment strategy which sets out its ambition and objectives for cycling and walking, the financial resources available to meet those objectives, how the objectives will be delivered and the governance arrangements.


Update on public health and planning: Spring 2016

April 20, 2016

NHS England has announced the Healthy New Towns proposals it will support as part of its drive to tackle unhealthy environments. Other recent guides highlight local authority efforts to tackle obesity through their planning processes, within a context of a whole system approach that helps to reinforce local plan policy.


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