The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.

The TCPA occupies a unique position, overlapping with those involved in the development industry, the environmental movement and those concerned with social justice. The Association prides itself on leading-edge, radical thinking and problem-solving.

Our objectives are to:

  • Secure a decent, well designed home for everyone, in a human-scale environment combining the best features of town and country
  • Empower people and communities to influence decisions that affect them
  • Improve the planning system in accordance with the principles of sustainable development

Today, the TCPA and its members are working on the key environmental and social issues which will shape how and where we will live in the 21st century:

  • How can we ensure decent housing for all, and where should it go?
  • How can we better engage people in the changes necessary to bring about sustainable development?
  • How can we secure strategic and regional planning and development with long-term vision, while at the same time ensuring that the planning system acts and responds more swiftly?

Our policies inform major national and regional issues including:

  • Providing more high quality affordable housing
  • Managing land values to benefit the local economy and local people
  • Developing innovative means to fund vital infrastructure
  • Responding effectively to demographic shifts in the housing and jobs market