OPR Commissions Research Project

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) together with the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government (DHPLG) has joined a commissioning consortium comprising the Governments of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England to conduct research aimed at identifying the most important outcomes in spatial planning and feasible ways to measure them.

This research will explore how local authorities and national governments can go beyond simple metrics, such as speed of processing applications and number of new homes delivered, with an ultimate aim of producing outcome measures and monitoring toolkits that can be adapted and adopted by local authorities throughout the UK and Ireland.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will lead the project and have an Invitation to Tender (ITT). Applications are welcome from consortiums with a range of expertise and knowledge about different nations. The OPR would encourage Irish experts to part take in the process. The deadline for proposals is 9am on Monday 25 November 2019.

Any queries on the ITT or governance should be made directly to the RTPI.