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RTPI blog round-up: Challenges facing planning education in the UK

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 7 July-31 August, 2018

Challenges facing planning education in the UK

There are more than 30 RTPI-accredited planning schools in the UK and abroad. The Planning Schools Forum is the collective voice for all these schools and promotes the value of planning education in terms of teaching and research.

What are the challenges faced by planning schools, and how are they responding to these challenges with new ways of doing things?…  

By John Sturzaker, chair of the Planning Schools Forum, the collective voice for planning schools in the UK.

An English planner in Australia

My great Australia escape started in 2009. After five years as a local government planner in Yorkshire, I was wounded by yet another round of government austerity and was freezing through another savage north of England winter. I found myself longing for a change…

By James Turner, associate chartered town planner at planning consultancy Spawforths in Wakefield.

Can Brexit bring a better way to protect the environment?

Faced with so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the planning profession might regard ‘wait and see’ as the only logical position. But as the exit door nears, so the question ‘what happens next?’ looms ever larger. Doubly so if a ‘no deal’ Brexit torpedoes the proposed 21-month transition period.   

The ‘what next?’ question is especially important for the relationship between planning and the environment, given the influence of EU legislation on the UK’s environmental policy over the last four decades…

By Richard Cowell, professor of environmental policy and planning at Cardiff University.

Planning must look at why people travel

The National Infrastructure Commission’s recently launched first National Infrastructure Assessment has much to recommend it in my view. First, it proposed integrated analysis of housing, employment and transport infrastructure needs for cities and it suggested an increase in funding for city transport and greater devolved responsibility for spend. It is only by entrusting those people responsible for places with creating those places that we will really see an integration between people, movement and place…

By Greg Marsden, professor of transport governance at the University of Leeds.

Yes, we can reduce poverty by improving places

Poverty in Britain is a major fault line dividing society and is concentrated in particular areas. Half of all poor children in England and Wales live in just 19 per cent of local authority districts.

Where we live plays a strong role in determining our life chances. Place-based policies that aim to tackle specific problems where people live in a targeted way can mitigate poverty’s worst effects and help lift hard-pressed groups out of it…

By Michele Vianello, international policy and research officer at the RTPI.

Feedback to development plans must be made easy for all

It is widely acknowledged that the UK’s council planners are having a hard time of it. They are under pressure from central government to deliver new housing at an unparalleled rate, satisfy local developers’ appetites for "conditionless" consents and assure communities that new development will not impinge on their way of life.

By Dan Jestico, director of sustainable development at planning consultancy Iceni.