Regional Planning deals with the efficient integrated placement of land use activities, infrastructure and settlement growth across a larger area of land than an individual city or town. The European Regional/Spatial Planning Charter adopted in 1983 outlines that “regional/spatial planning gives geographical expression to the economic, social, cultural and ecological policies of society. It is at the same time a scientific discipline, an administrative technique and a policy developed as an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach directed towards a balanced regional development and the physical organisation of space according to an overall strategy”. Regional Planning does address region-wide environmental, social, and economic issues which may necessarily require a regional focus, effectively harnessing the economic value, natural assets, heritage assets and asocial assets of an area.
Masterplanning is a process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages and addresses the larger scale of groups of buildings, of streets and public spaces, whole neighbourhoods and districts, and entire cities, to make urban areas functional, attractive and sustainable. Masterplanning is an inter-disciplinary subject that unites all the built environment professions, including town planning, landscape architecture, architecture and civil engineering, and demands a good understanding of a wide range of subjects from physical geography, through to social science. It requires an appreciation for disciplines such as real estate development, urban economics, political economy and social theory.
Through The Planning Partnership’s inter-disciplinary relationships with other built environment professions, significant experience has been developed on schemes varying in size.