Planning: Inclusion and Tackling Inequality in Local Planning and Regeneration Policies

The ‘Planning for inclusive communities in London’ project, supported by Trust for London, was an 18 month project running from mid- 2018 to late 2019, and run by the TCPA

Read more to learn about how changes to planning policy are at the forefront of tackling inequality in our streets, towns and cities.

Credit for this article goes to TCPA

The project had two key objectives:

  • To research how local planning authorities in London are embedding equality and inclusion in planning policy.
  • To lead a programme of training and engagement events with communities and the public sector on how the planning system can better contribute to tacking poverty and inequality. 


The following publications have been developed as part of this project:

Research report: ‘London – Planning for a Just City? Exploring how local planning authorities are embedding equality and inclusion in planning policy’

This research report explores how local planning authorities in London are embedding equality and inclusion in planning policy and plan-making processes.

The report presents a series of findings and recommendations structured under the following themes:

  1. The aims and ambitions of planning
  2. Meaningful public participation in planning processes
  3. Meaningful consideration of how planning policies impact different groups of people differently
  4. Embedding inclusion and equality within thematic policy areas
  5. Local authority resources, skills and diversity
  6. Addressing the undermining of Local Plan policy

Guidance for councils: ‘Beyond box-ticking: A short guide to meaningfully assessing Local plan policy impacts on equality and inclusion’

This guidance document is aimed primarily at planning officers and equality officers, and 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.

The guidance is structured around five sections:

  1. Positive planning for equality and inclusion
  2. The Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty
  3. Defining the scope of Equality Impact Assessments
  4. The Equality Impact Assessment process
  5. Key considerations within Equality Impact Assessments

Find out more!

  • If you would like to find out more about this project, particularly on the research findings and recommendations then we would be very happy to discuss further. Please contact Koen Rutten at for further information.
  • Please note that the datasets that sit behind the summarised Local Plan analysis in Appendix 3 of the research report can be made available on request. Please contact Koen Rutten at for further information.

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