Better Placemaking in England to be Incentivised by Industry Bodies

The RPTI has joined the Local Government Association (LGA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to create Future Place, a two-phase scheme to acknowledge, support, and reward superior placemaking in England.

The first phase will emphasise the key role played by Local Planning Authorities in creating premium places to live and work by showcasing examples of best practice and acknowledging the potential of placemaking in the country.

The RTPI, LGA, CIH, and RIBA have put together an open invitation for local authorities working with voluntary, private, or public sector partners to provide superior placemaking visions, regardless of budget or size.

Chief Executive Victoria Hills of the Royal Town Planning Institute said that a dynamic and robust planning department is essential to placemaking to create prosperous and vibrant communities. The Excellence in Planning Awards, which are held every year, showcases the best examples of how places are being changed through collaborative and forward-thinking planning leaders.

She said that local planning teams operate under heavy restraints when it comes to resources, so the Royal Town Planning Institute is backing the programme and its badly-needed support for leadership development.The selected exemplars will be revealed at the Government’s stand at leading property expo MIPIM 2019 in March.

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The Future Place programme’s phase two will require local authorities to nominate two members of their team to take part in a leadership programme. Best practices and processes will then be shared using a digital resource.

Ben Derbyshire, President of RIBA. said that the development of sustainable and attractive places to live and work is absolutely vital. A lot of good practice is already taking place in the UK and the project has been designed to share intelligence and celebrate innovative approaches.

Mr. Derbyshire said he looked forward to working with partner organisations to highlight some of the impressive accomplishments and show how investment in local support and greater collaboration can help professionals build successful communities.

By sharing unique approaches to financing, design, and build, the Future Place programme will demonstrate the possibilities and conditions needed for successful placemaking in England.

Jim Strang, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said that local authorities play an essential role in creating active communities and providing housing that is genuinely affordable. He said that he was pleased to be working with his partners at LGA, RTPI, and RIBA on the project.

Cllr Martin Tett, Chair of the LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, said that local councils played an essential role in creating the vision and guiding the delivery of places that people will want to call home. The LGA was pleased to represent councils in the Future Place Initiative.

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