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Nations and regions gateway

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Welcome to the regions – our gateway to discovering what's happening in each of the RTPI's regions.

Just click on the links below for an overview of each of the regions, or for up-to-date information on projects and plans, as well as insights into planning in the region.  You can also find out more about the RTPI in each region by visiting the RTPI's regional pages.

NB: Where there is no live link for a regional overview page, it's because we haven't created the page yet! We're working on them...


East of England

Physically, geographically and economically diverse, the East of England stretches from the north Norfolk coast to the fringe of London, and from Lowestoft in the east to the Chilterns in the west. 



East Midlands

The East Midlands is an area of contrast, stretching from the Lincolnshire coast to the Peak District National Park, and from the rolling hills of Northamptonshire to the conurbations of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby.




Ireland (also known as the Republic of Ireland) covers five-sixths of the island of Ireland. Temperate and wet, its interior plains are surrounded by hills and mountains, with rugged sea cliffs on the west coast. 




London is an economic, social, and cultural hub on a UK, European and global scale. Following a decline during the 20th century, over the past 30 years its population has ballooned by two million people to stand at around 8.6m. 



Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is at a key point in the development of its planning system, which was introduced in 2015 with the transfer of planning powers from central government to the region’s 11 councils.



North East

The North East presents a diverse and changing picture as the region journeys from an industrial economy to one based on technological and manufacturing innovation.



North West

North West England is  geographically diverse, stretching from the Solway Firth to the Cheshire plain. In the north, the Lake District National Park is home to England’s tallest mountain and its largest lake.




Planning in Scotland is in a period of change with a new Planning Bill that envisages new Simplified Development Zones to promote increases in housing supply and the abolition of Strategic Development Plans.



South East

The South East is the most populous of the nine English regions, and wraps around the west of London from Milton Keynes in the North, down to the south coast cities of Brighton, and Portsmouth, and into Kent.



South West

The South West is the largest English region and diverse in terms of its economy, the well-being of its population, its infrastructure and its natural environment, the latter renowned for spectacular coastline and mild climate.




Known for its rugged, rural landscape, Wales is nevertheless a nation of contrasts. In the north, Snowdonia National Park is a haven for tourists; the south is home to much of the country’s industrial output and population.



West Midlands

You may think of the West Midlands as Birmingham, the Black Country and their surrounding semi-urban areas. But while this West Midlands conurbation may be the focus of major growth activity, there is much more to the region.




Yorkshire (and the Humber) is a large region that comprises just over 10 per cent of England, and includes England’s largest county, lengthy coastline and ports, farmland, post-industrial cities and two national parks.