How Can Planners Help Create the World We Need Post-COVID-19?

ethical partnership are supporting the RTPI campaign, aiming to raise awareness of the vital role planners have in tackling some of our largest social issues: “Plan The World We Need” campaign highlights how reviving the economy, meeting our 2050 net-zero targets and tackling inequality can all be positively impacted by the expertise of spatial planners.

‘COVID-19 provides an opportunity to adapt the planning system so that  communities and neighbourhoods are empowered to find local solutions to global issues – we’re pleased to be supporting the RTPI campaign and will be embedding its ambitions in all the work we do with both businesses and stakeholders’

Allen Creedy, Director at ethical partnership and a member of the RTPI for more than 40 years.

Alongside this campaign, the RTPI has also released an accompanying report, examining the different impacts of COVID-19 on the built environment. It describes how planning direct measures towards a place-based solution can achieve multiple benefits. These include increased flexibility and adaptability for the future, specific place-based leadership and opening vital engagement and discussion with local communities.

As part of the campaign, the RTPI are calling on governments across the UK and Ireland to capitalise on the expertise of planners to achieve a sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


So, what is it that planners can do to make the world a better place?

  • Planners can ensure that cities, towns and villages are safe, resilient and sustainable as our current lockdown measures are lifted. By prioritising affordable housing, transport and green spaces, they we can ensure that we tackle inequality head-on.
  • Planners can ensure that vital investment is made into cycling, walking, and public transport to not only provide a kick-start to our local economies but highlight the importance of green transport for our future generations.
  • During lockdown, we needed open, green space like never before. Planners can ensure sustainable growth through investment in parks and green spaces, as well as healthier town centres and high streets. This has also been proved to increase overall mental health and wellbeing.
  • Planning is vital to deliver affordable housing in the right locations, as well as incorporating changes for the rise in homeworking. Through the regeneration and retrofitting of low-quality homes and neighbourhoods, we can also start to tackle the major issue of social inequality.
  • We all know that protecting our planet is essential. Planners can enable low-carbon heat and power supply to energy-efficient buildings.

How can ethical partnership help?

At ethical partnership our work is guided by our values, where we place a strong emphasis on the needs of the local community. We constantly engage with all stakeholders to ensure that our projects provide the best possible outcome for the local community and welcome the RTPI’s emphasis that investing in place post-COVID-19 is a top priority to create the world we need.

As an environmentally conscious organisation, we strive to ensure that our projects consider the biodiversity of the local area. Similarly, we try to maximise green spaces and understand the major role it has on mental health. For more information about the work we do, contact us and find out how we can help with your next planning project.