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RAU commended at national research awards
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was commended at the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence on 12 September, named runner-up for the Academic Award.
The RAU was the lead contractor for the commended ‘Viability in the Planning System’ research, which was commissioned by a consortium of London Boroughs. Carried out in partnership with the University of Reading, University of Kingston, and Ramidus Consulting, the research investigated the relationship between planning policy, notably in relation to viability assessments, land values, and the provision of affordable housing in London. It illustrated why the viability testing process is flawed and is working against planning intentions, resulting in reduced provision of affordable housing.
Sarah Sayce, Professor of Sustainable Real Estate at the RAU, was the lead researcher. She said: “We were absolutely delighted that the research we carried out has been commended. There can be few more important topics than how to ensure that the planning policies which are designed to ensure a good pipeline of affordable housing are effective. Our research revealed ways in which the policy is currently failing to deliver in London and we hope that the conclusions and recommendations can help policymakers, as we believe will be the case.”
The Awards for Research Excellence are run by the RTPI to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools and planning consultancies around the world.
Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, said: “The winners and commended entries have demonstrated how academic researchers can positively reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and finding to inform and influence their work. I am pleased these awards have been able to celebrate such impactful, high-quality research again this year.”
The winners and highly commended entries were announced on 12 September during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Queens University Belfast.
The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. Using its expertise and research it brings evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates.
Visit the RTPI website to find out more about the awards.