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02/03/2018

RTPI blog round-up: Planning day and night - why the night time economy matters

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of RTPI blogs: 2 February-2 March, 2018

Planning day and night: why the night time economy matters

The night time economy is increasingly being recognised as a driver of economic growth, but for it to succeed a broad range of professionals need to cultivate it. Whether you work in planning, health, economics, transport, the arts or property – the night time economy can no longer be an afterthought…

By Josh Rule, communications and public affairs officer at the RTPI

Disincentivising land banking can only be a good thing

The current Letwin review (popularly known as the land banking review) explores the gap between planning permissions granted and housing completions, with a view to increasing build out speed and ultimately housing supply.

One criticism of the review has been that it is misguided because it misunderstands slow build-out rates and so-called ‘land banking’. Several commentators have said that it is not rational for developers to hoard land to benefit from rising values. And that 'strategic land banks’ and slow build out rates are justified because they are a necessary part of housing delivery…

By Tom Kenny, policy officer at the RTPI

Is the promise of good growth in London deliverable?

In an increasingly urbanised world city planning assumes greater importance. The draft London Plan represents an ambitious approach to plan for a global city in the context of the developed world.

The two previous versions of the London Plan in 2004 and 2011 identified with contrasting models of growth, the former focussing on the centre, the latter giving more emphasis to growth in the development of the suburbs. In this they were characterised, respectively, by what Steen Eiler Rasmussen identified as the centric and poly centric city…

By Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI, 2017 RTPI president

Northern Ireland: planning in a political void 

Northern Ireland has been without devolved government for more than a year, with no real progress towards a power-sharing agreement. It seems an appropriate time to reflect on how the planning system has been affected by not having an accountable devolved Government or a Minister in post, and how urgent it is to get things back on track.

Some politicians here would argue that the impact on planning could be much worse and that we are lucky that planning powers went back to the newly formed councils in April 2015…

By Claire Williamson MRTPI, Northern Ireland policy offer at the RTPI

Inclusive planning: a new British Standard

The Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Disability and the Built Environment reminded us all that inclusive design is not just a nice to do. Their report last summer highlighted the stark reality that, despite years of antidiscrimination legislation, disabled people are still finding their lives needlessly restricted by features of the built environment.

Planners, through the critical role we play in planning and shaping our towns and cities, have a statutory duty to ensure that disabled and older people have the same opportunities as non disabled people to live full and independent lives. We as planners must respond, along with all other built environment professionals, and ensure that we no longer allow barriers to inclusion to be designed, built or maintained.

By Julie Fleck, MRTPI is the RTPI representative on the British Standard Committee B/559 responsible for the development of BS 8300

A life in a year: 2017 president looks back at his term

My presidential year was dominated by three major issues which will continue to shape the profession.

Brexit and the outcome of how we exit from the EU will shape the UK for the next 30-40 years. It will be the touchstone for future debate on all areas of environmental and planning policy. It is important that the Institute is fully engaged in every aspect of what Brexit means for the UK in support of our members and their interests…

By Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI, 2017 RTPI president

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