TCPA Publications Library 

The TCPA has a broad collection of publications on a range of topics. 

The library has been sorted between technical guidance for local authorities and councils and research reports that can be used as an evidence base. The topic areas of publications include: Affordable Housing, Communities, Energy and Climate Change,  Garden Cities and New Towns, Parks and Green Infrastructure, Healthy Placemaking and the Raynsford Review of Planning. 

Affordable Housing 

Technical guidance

Planning for Affordable Housing: Guidance for Councils. Apr. 2019.
Explains how councils can play a leading role in solving the housing crisis by using their planning powers to secure more social and affordable homes. It charts the stories of success, highlighting key themes and partnership opportunities available under the current policy context. 

Research reports

Building for the Future: The Role of County Councils in Meeting Housing Need. Jun. 2018. 
Provides insights into what counties have achieved, sets out examples of leadership by pioneering councils and gives indications of the skills and capacity that counties have in meeting housing need.

Building homes, creating communities: Ensuring councils provide innovative solutions to meeting housing need. May 2017.
Identifies the need for urgent action to unlock the potential of local authority house building and partnership delivery in seven areas. These include leadership, funding housing, new models of delivery, planning, housing quality, boosting local authority capacity and Brexit and construction skills.

Delivering affordable world: Ensuring councils can meet local housing need. May 2018.
Sets out recommendations aimed at increasing the provision of high-quality social and affordable housing, tackling homelessness, and boosting our construction skills by unlocking the potential of local authority house building and partnership delivery.

Housing for a fairer society: The role of councils in ensuring stronger communities. Jul. 2019.
Sets out recommendations aimed at increasing the delivery and retention of high-quality, genuinely affordable housing and ensuring the wider benefits of affordable housing delivery and development processes are realised.

How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes? New models, partnerships and innovations. Nov. 2017.
Research based on the engagement with more than 130 councils in England which aims to identify, analyse and transfer innovative models of affordable housing which are being trialled by leading-edge local authorities. It concludes by setting 18 recommendations for the government.

Planning for Affordable Housing. Oct. 2018
The engagement with over 120 councils about their experience of delivering affordable housing through the planning system led to the formulation of 13 recommendations to government on how the planning system can be improved to deliver more high-quality and genuinely affordable housing


Technical guidance

London – Planning for a Just City: Exploring how local planning authorities are embedding equality and inclusion in planning policy. Oct. 2019
Reflects on the gaps of the system to deliver participative and inclusive decisions and suggest recommendations to improve practice.

Beyond Box-Ticking. A short guide to meaningful assessing Local Plan policy impacts on equality and inclusion. Oct. 2019
Explains how councils can better ensure that the assessment of the impacts of planning policy on reducing inequalities and promoting equality feeds into planning policy development in a meaningful way.

Energy and Climate Change

Technical guidance

Rising to the Climate Crisis: A Guide for Local Authorities on Planning for Climate Change. Dec. 2018.
Intended to help planners and politicians to tackle climate change and improve resilience. It is designed to inform the preparation of strategic and local development plans being developed by local and combined authorities in England.

Research reports 

A Crisis of Place: Are we delivering sustainable development through local plans? Nov. 2016.
A high-level review of the state of the Local Plan system in England, with a specific focus on the system’s ability to deliver sustainable development and sustainable outcomes.

Planning for the climate challenge? Understanding the performance of English local plans. Nov. 2016.
Explores how local plans published since the National Planning Policy Framework was produced in 2012 are addressing climate change.

Healthy Homes campaign

No place for place-making - the impacts of permitted development rights on place-making, and what they tell us about the government’s planning reforms. Sept. 2020
This report synthesises the existing evidence demonstrating the hugely damaging impact extended permitted development rights have had on local authorities and highlights its impacts on the health and wellbeing of communities and links this to the need for a Healthy Homes Act. 

Healthy Placemaking

Technical guidance

Putting Health into Place. Sept. 2019.
Led by the NHS, it reflects on the Healthy New Towns programme which worked with 10 demonstrator sites across England to explore how the development of new places could create healthier and connected communities with integrated high-quality services. The learning is outlined across 10 principles in four different publications.

Research reports 

Planning healthy-weight environments – a TCPA reuniting health with planning project. Dec. 2014.
The resource draws on evidence and practical experience that will help practitioners to create healthy-weight environments through the planning system.

Securing constructive collaboration and consensus for planning healthy developments. Feb. 2018.
Summarises the learning of the Developers and Wellbeing project which explores how we can encourage a consensus between the public and private sectors and wider stakeholders about the need to build and sustain high-quality, healthy places. It sets out key messaged to help promote shared responsibility and collective action.

The State of the Union: Reuniting health with planning in promoting healthy communities. Jan. 2019.
Provides a picture of the effectiveness of the collaboration between planning, public health and healthcare sectors. It provides an overview of the state of local policy, based on a review of 326 English and 22 Welsh Local Plans and Local Development Plans.

Garden Cities and New Towns

Technical guidance

The Garden City Opportunity - A Guide for Councils, Feb. 2020

Provides a general overview of the case for the use of the Garden City development model by councils and communities that are considering new large-scale development as part of a portfolio of solutions to meet housing and growth needs

Built Today, Treasured Tomorrow: A practical guide to long-term stewardship, Jan. 2014

Designed to help those who plan and build new places to secure a good-long term future for community assets setting out imaginative approaches to funding and management to empower local communities to take control or have a say in the running of local assets

City Standards for the 21st Century: Practical Guides for Creating Successful New Communities

The TCPA has produced a suite of guidance outlining practical steps for all those interested in making 21st-century Garden Cities a reality. Guidance provides detail and case studies on a wide range of key issues, including planning, investment, land assembly, delivery, and long-term stewardship. 

Guide 1: Locating and Consenting New Garden Cities. Nov. 2017.
Lays out the principles that should guide the process of planning for new communities and exploring how these principles might be applied for planning for growth.

Guide 2: Finance and Delivery. Nov. 2017.
Intended to help local authority officers and elected members considering to promote a new Garden City to learn more about how to deliver and finance the project.

Guide 3: Design and Masterplanning. Dec. 2017.
Brings together key Garden City design concepts, highlighting the specific design opportunities and challenges when planning at scale.

Guide 4: Planning for Energy and Climate Change. Feb. 2016.
Emphasises on the cruciality of planning for climate change and how new Garden Cities can be and must be exemplars of zero-carbon and energy-positive new development through the integration of energy and spatial planning.

Guide 5: Homes for All. March 2017.
Overview of the key opportunities for (and the challenges in) delivering mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are genuinely affordable for everyone in new Garden Cities.

Guide 6: I’d Love to Live There! Planning for Culture and the Arts. Feb. 2016
Sets out overarching principles for the successful delivery of a vibrant social and cultural offer in new Garden Cities focussing on leadership, a long-term strategy, a development plan policy, a flexible approach and a strong financial model and governance structure.

Guide 7: Planning for Green and Prosperous Places. Jan. 2017.
Provides a snapshot of the current policy context, highlight key ideas and resources and sets out principles for success in planning for green infrastructure in new developments.

Guide 8: Creating Health-Promoting Environments. Dec. 2017
Brings together research on how to create healthy, active environments using planning and design. It includes best practice on movement and access, open space, food growing, buildings, neighbourhood spaces and local economy.

Guide 9: Long-Term Stewardship. Dec. 2017
Guidance through the range of types of stewardship bodies and setting out principles for success in planning and paying for long-term stewardship and running a good stewardship body.

Guide 10: ‘Edible’ Garden Cities. Aug. 2019.
Overview of the policy requirements, background principles and current practices for embedding sustainable food systems from the outset. 

Guide 11: People, Planning and Power. Mar. 2019.
Guidance for securing effective public participation, emphasising on the need to move beyond passive and tokenistic consultation to a genuine sharing of power and responsibility. 

Guide 12: Modern Methods of Construction. Apr. 2020
An introduction to the emerging opportunities and challenges around using MMC to deliver world-class new communities for everyone.

Guide 13: Sustainable TransportSept. 2020
Publication that sets out the relevant planning context, principles and guidance on funding and delivery of sustainable transport in new communities. 

Research report 

New Towns and Garden Cities: Lessons for Tomorrow 

Click here to know more about the experience of delivering new communities from across the UK and beyond and what it can teach us about delivering new Garden Cities today

Parks and Green Infrastructure

Research reports 

Health, Wealth and Happiness – the multiple benefits of green infrastructure Expert Paper. Jun. 2018.
Showcases the increasing evidence on how green infrastructure affects wellbeing and shows that, with proper public funding and private finance, the increase in benefits can be significant.

Walking in Urban Parks and Green Spaces. May 2018.
Study that looks at people’s attitudes to walking to their local urban parks and green spaces. Findings are based on market research among 1,000 people, forming a representative sample of ages and socio-economic groups across Britain.


PERFECT is an international green infrastructure partnership led by the TCPA that seeks to integrate the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas.

Click here to see the complete list of resources and publications associated to this project. 

Planning White Paper 

The Planning White Paper – The TCPA’s initial analysis. September 2020

Raynsford Review of Planning

Technical guidance

Planning 2020 in Practice: A Councillors’ Guide to Implementing the Raynsford Review of Planning in England. Sept. 2019
Empowering local government and setting up actions to implement the recommendations of the Raynsford Review.

Research reports

Planning 2020: Raynsford Review of Planning in England, Final Report. Nov. 2018.
Set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes while encouraging the production of new homes.

Planning 2020 ‘One Year On’: 21st Century Slums? Jan. 2020
Discusses how the debate on planning has changed following the Review and the how government and the wider sector have responded to the Review's recommendations and how some key problems remain unresolved. It prioritises which reform is needed in the early months of the new government.