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RTPI blog round-up: Land - the cause of and solution to all of society’s problems

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 11 March-7 April, 2017

The housing white paper for England - a vision for solving the housing crisis?

It’s fair to say that expectations of the UK Government’s long-anticipated housing white paper for England were high. This was the first time in years that a strategic paper on housing policy was published, so it’s no surprise that some of the reaction was lukewarm.

By Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Lessons from Singapore about land value capture

In the uncertain post-Brexit landscape, commentators and politicians alike have begun to bandy around ideas of adopting what has been termed a ‘Singapore Model’, something which is simplistically seen as a combination of deregulation, free trade and low taxation. What most commentators miss, however, is the centrality of land value capture to Singapore’s success.

By Edwin Loo MRTPI, a planner practicing in Singapore

Women in Planning: a growing influence

For those of you reading this blog who aren’t aware of Women in Planning, we are the preeminent network for women in the profession, formed in 2012 by Alison Mackay and Charlotte Morphet. Since then, not only has our independent network grown exponentially in members and events but in influence too. We are proud to say that we are recognised by the RTPI, and that we have pushed the diversity agenda in planning for the last five years. We are also proud to be advocates of other diversity networks including Planning Out and Built by Both.

By Mary Fortune, chair of Women in Planning and planning consultant at Metropolis Planning & Design

Land: the cause of and solution to all of society’s problems

2017 is shaping up to be the RTPI’s year of land. From our 16 Ways Campaign, to the work we are doing with the University of Sheffield on The Use of Alternative Land Value Capture Mechanisms to Deliver Housing, and our Better Planning: Housing Affordability work programme, land has permeated the policy and research team.

By Joseph Kilroy, policy and research team member at the RTPI

Learning from inspiring experiences of boundary pushing planning practitioners

While planning students are taught to be the guardians of the public interest, in the face of power relations shaped by market dynamics, planning practitioners usually lack the power to fulfill that role. How does this make them feel? And how do planning practitioners respond to an urban development model informed by private sector involvement in large-scale projects?

By Dr Tuna Tasan-Kok, associate professor at the University of Amsterdam

Why planning is about doing more than one thing at once

It seems like policy wonks have been busier than ever in the month of March.

Among others, we saw the publication of Shelter’s New Civic Housebuilding report on 2 March, the pamphlet from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) on why we need a strategic approach to land on 5 March, and last but definitely not least the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Inclusive Growth Commission’s final report on 7 March.

By Richard Blyth, head of policy at the RTPI

Triggering Article 50

As the prime minister triggers article 50, setting the clock ticking for a two year negotiation period with the EU, what issues should planners be looking out for in the coming months? These can be considered in two groups. The first is the wider economic and social context that will have a considerable influence on the course and outcome of the negotiations. All politicians are susceptible to influence from their own political parties and financial backers. The prime minister is no exception to this, as recent changes in policy on business rates, National Insurance Contributions and funding deals for some local authorities all demonstrate. Secondly, what are the issues for planning implementation including legislation, funding and defined projects?

By Janice Morphet, visiting professor, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

We need violence free homes, places and politics

This year’s Commonwealth International Women’s Day event held at Marlborough Wouse in London was led by the first woman Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Scotland. I was honoured to be invited to attend as the representative of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and I could not think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

By Trudi Elliott, chief executive at the RTPI