Published: 3rd August 2016

Quod’s report When Brownfield Isn’t Enough is a finalist at the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.

The report, produced in association with Shelter, looked at where new homes could be built in London. Using innovative GIS analysis we looked at the potential, and limits, for various options. The report concludes that if London is to build the homes it needs then we cannot continue with current policies alone, but also need to make new land available. To get anywhere near meeting need, we have to keep all options open, and every time we rule something out it means the remaining options would need to be pushed to even more challenging extremes.

Quod director Barney Stringer said: “We’re delighted that the quality of Quod’s research has been recognised by the RTPI, and pleased with the reception the report has had. London, like other cities, faces an urgent need for more housing and our research helped show why we can’t rely on simplistic, single solutions.”

The Awards for Research Excellence are run by the RTPI to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies around the world. There was tough competition to be named a finalist, with 87 entries to this year’s awards, a more than 40% increase on last year.

The winners will be announced on 7 September during the 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Cardiff University.