September 25, 2008

RTPI Outlines Impact Tests

By Anonymous

New ways of measuring the effects of planning policies were revealed this week in an effort to change the controversial target culture seen to pervade the profession. The methodology, which should be considered best practice, was published at the RTPI Planning Convention. The institute's joint project with the DCLG aims to broaden spatial plan assessments by looking at combined economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Until now, outcomes have been largely measured in isolated categories such as economic changes, public transport use or increases in home numbers.

The RTPI is instead urging councils and regional planners to use 20 key criteria and regularly analyse data, which could then be compared with nearby locations.

It hopes to set up a pilot project to test the methodology. But it is not clear whether Whitehall will move from time-based targets in awarding delivery grants towards quality outcomes.

The DCLG did, however, update its annual monitoring guidance on Gypsy and traveller pitches and housing design quality this week.

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