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RTPI blog round-up: Developer contributions - a zero sum game?

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 2 February-1 March, 2019

Developer contributions: a zero sum game?

When considering how to spend developer contributions, we must acknowledge that without further reform we face a zero sum game. More funding for affordable housing means less for the other things communities need...

By Tom Kenny, policy officer at the RTPI

Planners need actions now to shape better environmental planning post-Brexit

Brexit has presented the UK with all manner of thorny problems, not least the conundrum of what becomes of the significant body of EU environmental legislation, and the consequences for planning.

Research commissioned by the RTPI examines how the relationship between EU environmental legislation and the planning systems of the UK should evolve and improve, post Brexit. The sooner we face up to these issues the better because key aspects of domestic Brexit-driven environmental legislation are being formed now...

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

Tackling poverty is about making places work better for people

The currently fractious debates around Brexit prompted me to think again about the issues that compelled people to vote to leave the EU in June 2016.

In part, the Brexit vote is symptomatic of the collective failure to invest adequately and fairly in places. Concerns over housing, public services, jobs, migration, social cohesion, and the sense of marginalisation that were writ large in communities up and down the country were pushed to the fore of public debate...

By Stephen Hincks, reader at the department of urban studies and planning of the University of Sheffield

Is there place for market housing on rural exception sites?

The housing crisis consists of a series of inter-related problems - a failure to deliver enough housing, housing that is beyond the means of many people, and increasing homelessness.

It is easy to imagine these problems as principally urban ones, but they are also present in our rural communities, although they can be less visible and consequently attract less political attention...

By Neil Harris MRTPI, an academic in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University

Learning to love our ancient woodlands

Did you know that only two percent of the UK is covered by ancient woodland?

This is the land that has been continuously wooded since 1600 (the definition is different for Scotland) and is the last living link to the wildwood that covered the country after the last Ice Age. It has a heritage value that rivals our most precious historic buildings and monuments...

By Sarah Lewis, planning practice officer at the RTPI