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RTPI blog round-up: Why planning needs better outcome measurement

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 7 September - 25 October, 2019

Why planning needs better outcome measurement

Planning is about so much more than the number of applications approved and the speed of processing them. So why is this the focus of how we assess it? RTPI is commissioning research aimed at producing a toolkit which can demonstrate a wider range of outcomes...

By Tom Kenny, policy officer at the RTPI

Delivery, restoration and inspiration in the South West

There was a delightful symmetry to my visit to the South West which began in Exmoor National Park viewing an early 19th Century endeavour to create a high quality rural estate. Wealthy industrialist John Knight acquired the former Exmoor Royal Forest in around 1818 and set about creating a large farming estate, complete with grand house, estate buildings and romantic gardens. The project was never completed but left an extensive area of green pasture amidst the moorland, many farm buildings, an unfinished mansion and a hidden landscape of lost gardens and decaying cottages...

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Report of the 13th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planners

Plymouth is a splendid city in which to hold a biennial of the town planners of Europe. It is well-known for its maritime history, not least for the many mariners who have sailed into and out of Plymouth, including the most renowned seaman of the sixteenth century, Frances Drake, and most recently, Greta Thunberg, the young climate change activist. It also has a long and auspicious history of good planning, most recently being the only place in the UK to have won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s esteemed Silver Cup three times.  As a result, Plymouth had much to offer the 13th biennial of the ECTP-CEU where nearly 200 planners and a propitious set of keynote speakers and other contributors arrived to exchange knowledge and ideas about planning...

By Janet Askew, past president of the RTPI, chair of the RTPI International Committee and vice-president of the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU) for 2019-2021

Embodied carbon can't be ignored

A number of recent reports have explored carbon accounting in housing delivery, finding that new housebuilding comes with major carbon costs. The investigation starts with the Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment 2017 produced by the RICS, which found that 50% of carbon emissions attributable to housing are embodied at the stage of practical completion i.e. before occupation.  This forms part of the evidence being used by the Committee on Climate Change in its report Fit for Purpose 2019 and the UK Green Building Council’s Framework Definition for Net Zero Carbon Buildings 2019. Even the NHBC have agreed that about 50% of carbon emissions are attributable to new housing...

By Daniel Scharf MRTPI, a planning consultant at PfT Planning

History, Culture, Talent – and Determination A Planner’s View of Limerick

There are many words beginning with “D” that enter the conversation when discussing planning in Limerick – “Deprivation”, “Dereliction” and “Distance” to name but three. But there’s one “D” that shines through and which will overcome all the obstacles given time: Determination. Everyone I met on my visit to Limerick exuded this quality and it was compelling...

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI

Planners must work to secure trust

Tom Kenny argues it is important for planners to work to secure the public’s trust, but it is wrong to overstate the problem or to view it outside a context of a resourcing crisis and wider lack of trust in institutions...

By Tom Kenny, policy officer at the RTPI