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RTPI blog round-up: Health and the city: achieving global agendas through local action

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 6 May-2 June, 2017

Health and the city: achieving global agendas through local action

“Think global, act local” is a mantra often quoted.

Originating in the 1970s, this grassroots initiative saw people taking local action to protect habitats and wildlife, frustrated by the lengthy processes to enact government legislation to protect the environment. Direct action became a way to achieve positive change...

By Marion Frederiksen, international policy and research officer at the RTPI

Neighbourhood plan examinations: why they need to be tough

With over 2,000 neighbourhood areas now designated, support for neighbourhood planning shows no signs of abating. But many people are finding the process burdensome and complex with particular challenges at the examination stage...

By Kat Salter, independent consultant and PhD research student

A planning perspective on the New Urban Agenda

Urban planning plays a vital role in shaping the future of global sustainability through implementation of the New Urban Agenda(NUA), and a new “planning-annotated” version of the Agenda has been launched to make clear where planning can contribute...

By Ric Stephens, president of the International Society of City and Regional Planners

Planning and public engagement: the truth and the challenge

In 1968 the RTPI gave evidence to the Skeffington Committee looking at public participation in planning. The RTPI said that “planning is unpopular with many members of the public.... This ‘we’ and ‘they’ attitude, ‘we’ being the public at the mercy of ‘they’ the planners is all too prevalent, and is indicative of the extent to which public participation in the sense of full public involvement in, and responsibility for, is not being achieved at present...”

By Sue Manns, regional director of national planning consultancy Pegasus Group