Neighbourhood planning research informs government

5 June 2016

Neighbourhood planning research informs government

Research led by Real Estate & Planning’s Professor of Planning Gavin Parker has directly informed the proposed legislative changes to neighbourhood planning in the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill 2016

Research led by Real Estate & Planning’s Professor of Planning Studies, Gavin Parker, has directly informed the proposed legislative changes to neighbourhood planning in the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill 2016. Gavin’s work on integrating and understanding communities through community-led planning has influenced neighbourhood planning practices in England since 2006. His work has influenced policy delivery nationally and a series of toolkits and guidance for those communities involved in neighbourhood planning have been developed. Some recommendations made in 2014 have been adopted already and others now feature in the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill 2016.

Gavin’s most recent research, funded by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), has just been published. It looked at support for community-led planning in the West Midlands region by examining the views of those involved. The aim of the research was to reflect on how community-led planning could be best supported by Planning Aid England; although the research focused on the West Midlands region, the findings have implications across England. Amongst the recommendations arising from the research is the consideration of how best to raise the profile of Planning Aid England and ensure its effective utilisation.

 

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