The logic of spatial planning is to align and coordinate sectoral initiatives (such as transport, energy, jobs, property, utilities, communications, public services, etc) across territory in order to leverage complementarities, reduce redundancy and duplication, increase competitiveness, and create multiplier effects (where the sum is greater than the simple addition of parts). It does this by selectively prioritising areas for different kinds of activities in line with its demographics and local resources and distributing funds suitable to enable targeted investment and coordinating development across sectors.

Our philosophy is that all planning decisions should be evidence based and this is supported by the 2010 Planning Act which aims to create a planning regime where local authority development plans now have to be consistent with population projections in the relevant regions.

AIRO now works with spatial planning teams from both the public and private sector to assist in grounding their planning decisions in a clear and accurate evidence base. This can be County Development Plans, Local Area Plans, Wind Strategies, Retail Strategies, Housing Strategies or the new Local Economic and Community Plans. If you need evidence to support your decisions then AIRO can help.