This Research into Practice workstream has been run by Land Use Consultants (LUC) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
The focus of the workstream is the sustainability appraisal of development plans. Its aim is to explore the role of sustainability appraisal in improving the delivery of sustainable development outcomes through the spatial planning process, to review what is known about current practice and impacts, and to identify gaps in existing knowledge and understanding.
The first phase of the workstream included a session at the SDRN Annual Conference and a literature review to identify the range of issues that are of interest to planners and academics. Presentations from the Annual Conference session are available here and the session was recorded and is available as a MP3 download. The second phase has been to consult with policy-makers and researchers to identify priority issues and the opportunities and barriers for achieving the objectives of sustainability appraisal.
A workshop was held on 25th January to seek comments and input to the draft Research Review Sustainability Appraisal in the UK. This attracted high-level participants from the research and planning community with broad experience of the application of sustainability appraisal. The workshop was held at Communities and Local Government.
A final version of the Research Review is now being produced to reflect the input at the workshop and this will be available shortly
For further details of this work, or to be sent a copy of the final report when it ready, please contact Ben Shaw.