UK Town Planning in the Best of the Web UK Directory

UK Town Planning

Academy of Urbanism

Autonomous, politically independent, cross-sector organisation formed in 2006 to expand urban discourse. Includes information on awards, events and current and future projects.

Action for Market Towns

A national membership group that provides small towns and local authorities with information, advice, and examples of best practice; provides details of training programmes, case studies, publications and events, news, and contacts.

Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS)

An interactive information resource and reference guide to good practice to guide stakeholders through the town planning process in relation to large, complex or strategic development projects.

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS)

Champions good architecture, design and planning in the built environment. Provides a guide to their programmes, with a library of resources and links, news, and contacts.

Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland

Works to protect and enhance Scotland's rural landscapes, and promote effective planning and protection systems; with details of projects, membership, press releases and statements, and a list of Scottish planning contacts.

Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector (ACES)

Represents the chief estates and property management professionals in local authorities and other public sector organisations throughout the UK; includes details of membership, activities, publications, and local branches.

Association of Town Centre Management

Europe's largest membership organisation dedicated to helping town and city centres realise their natural roles both as prosperous locations for business and investment, and as focal points for vibrant, inclusive communities.

Core Cities

Represent the councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London and promotes their role in driving economic growth; provides a guide to their policy and research work, publications, events and news, and contacts.

Future Cities Project

Aims to critically explore issues surrounding the city and urban life. Includes publication list, articles and interviews.

The Heritage Alliance

Promotes the importance of heritage as a national asset that can deliver wide-ranging public benefits; provides a guide to their projects, with manifestos of member organisations, details of membership, and contacts.

Historic Towns Forum (HTF)

Supports professionals working in the historic built environment, and lobbies policy makers on behalf of historic towns and cities. Includes a directory of members, resources, events diary, and newsletters.


Describes a method of taking the first steps in deciding how to improve an area, which can put local people at the heart of planning improvements.

Planners Network UK (pnuk)

A collective of practitioners, students, academics and activists working to develop and support critical thinking about the current state of planning in the UK.

Planning Aid

Provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. Information about their services, events, and volunteers.

Planning for Real

Award winning community planning model. Contains details of current projects, plus information on workshops and youth development.

Planning Officers Society

Represents senior professionals and managers of planning functions in the English local authorities; with details of membership, training and events, projects, resources, and contacts.

PRIAN - Public Realm Information and Advice Network

Encourages and disseminates best practice in the design, management and maintenance of the public realm; includes a library of resources about urban planning, details of courses, and information about their services.

Regeneration & Renewal

A news portal and information service for the regeneration sector, with news, comment and opinion, blogs, and a national events listing.

Regional Studies Association -

Forum for regional research, development and policy. regstud

Renaissance for urban areas in Yorkshire & Humber

A Yorkshire Forward programme established in 2001 to develop and deliver sustainable renaissance and regeneration in towns and cities across the region. Describes the programme and local projects, with news, links, and contacts.

Royal Town Planning Institute

A professional organisation promoting good planning and best practice; includes a library of resources, information about careers and training, news and events, and details of membership.

Town and Country Planning Association

Independent charity campaigning 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; with details of projects and publications, events, and membership.

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