RTPI NEWS: Fingertip information for busy professionals

Pam Dobby provides a brief guide to sources of information on the internet and elsewhere.

There are links to most of the following sites from the RTPI website www.rtpi.org.uk/links.

Planning legislation

Full texts of acts of parliament and statutory instruments since 1988 are available as html files via the HMSO website at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/.

The site is organised chronologically, but contains a full search engine if, for example, you are not quite sure when the general permitted development order was published (it can be found at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/ si/si1995/Uksi_19950418_en_1.htm.

"The aim is to publish these documents on the Internet simultaneously or at least within 24 hours of their publication in printed from. But, any document that is especially complex in terms of its size or its typography may take longer to prepare".

Printed copies may be ordered via the main stationery office bookshop: www.tso.co.uk/bookshop/bookstore.asp(tel) 0870 600 5522). There is also a reasonably priced photocopying service for out-of-print items (£6 for up to 50pp) (tel) 020 7873 8455.

Guidance

Planning policy guidance notes, regional planning guidance, minerals planning guidance and a selection of circulars are available in full text (in varying formats) via the ODPM website: www.odpm.gov.uk/. Follow the links to planning, then to policy. draft policy such as the new planning policy statements PPS7 (sustainable development in rural areas), PPS11 (regional planning) and PPS12 (local development frameworks) may be found in the consultation papers section.

The UK parliament home page may be found at: www.parliament.uk/. This includes links to home pages of the devolved parliaments and assemblies: www.scottish.parliament.uk/; www.wales.gov.uk/ and www.ni-assembly.gov.uk.

The Parliamentary Online Indexing Services (POLIS) provides an index to the proceedings and publications of both Houses of Parliament: www.polis.parliament.uk.

Statistics

National Statistics online, including details of the latest census in 2001 can be accessed via www.statistics.gov.uk/.

Planning-related statistics are available via the ODPM website: www.odpm.gov.uk - follow the links to planning, then to statistics. Material includes information on progress on the adoption of area-wide local plans and unitary development plans (to December 2001), also quarterly planning applications statistics (figures to May 2003 are the latest available.

Finally - it was great to have feedback from the previous column so perhaps I can ask another favour from the readers of Planning? The library has a complete run of institute journals from 1924 onwards (Journal of the Town Planning Institute), but there are many gaps in our holdings of Town Planning Institute papers and discussions (1914-1924). We are very short of pre-1950 institute publications, such as TPI year books and conference papers, and the RTPI News and Planner News supplements published in the 1970s and 1980s.

We would be extremely grateful for offers of material to fill these gaps, or of offers of items on loan that we could photocopy and return.

- Contact: librarian Pam Dobby or library assistant Olivia Plummer (e-mail) library@rtpi.org.uk; (tel) 020 7929 9452.

- See also the brief introduction to the RTPI website (Planning, 10 October, p30).


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