What is Planning?
Planning, or Town and Country Planning to
use its full name, is the system we have for managing changes to
Through planning we can identify what
changes we need to make: new homes, places to work, transport and
community facilities etc; and where these should be located. These
changes are called development.
Planning seeks to ensure that we achieve
a balance between our need for new development while conserving
what we value about our environment such as green spaces,
wildlife, historic buildings and places etc.
Planning can make positive changes to our
environment and communities. It can create places such as cities,
towns and villages that we treasure; want to live in, work in,
visit and enjoy.
Planning is about our future. It aims to
balance our current need for development against the needs of our
children and future generations. This is called sustainable
Our system of planning is an important
part of our democracy. It can help deal with the different views
between groups over development and provide opportunities for
people to have their say about the future of their neighbourhoods,
communities and areas.
The RTPI recognises that the planning
system can be complicated, particularly for members of the public.
The RTPI is committed to providing high quality, accessible advice
and information to ensure that everyone can take part effectively
in the planning system.
Equally, the planning system is subject
to discrimination and corruption against which Legal Aid is not
available - except where a persons home is at stake. Limited
free legal advice is available under the Planning
Library and Information
The RTPI library is a
reference-only collection consisting mainly of post-1990
publications on planning-related topics, including a wide-ranging
collection of current UK local plans, and 100 current periodicals.
The online catalogue includes details of
library holdings (excluding current legislation), a comprehensive
index to journal articles, and details of Institute publications
and policy statements since 1914. The reading room is based on the ground
floor of our headquarters building at 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R
8DL and is open by prior appointment only from 9.00 - 4.00
Monday - Friday.
Internet search facilities are available
free-of-charge, and there is a staff-operated photocopying service
(subject to copyright restrictions). Copies of Institute policy
statements can be supplied free-of-charge (recent items can be
downloaded from the website). The library operates an enquiry service,
including the compilation of subject reading lists, and can offer
advice on alternative sources of information as required. Please contact the Librarian if you are
planning a visit, or require any further information about library
Phone: 020 7929 9452
Fax: 020 7929 9490
You can also search
the catalogue of physical library stock.
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