Under Section 31Q the OPR has a statutory remit to conduct research. During our first year, the OPR established the National Planning Knowledge Group (NPKG) comprising representatives from planning authorities, higher education institutes, NGOs, planning institutes, government organisations and departments. Likewise, the OPR undertook extensive consultation with key stakeholders including local authorities’ staff and elected members. The work of the NPKG and feedback from our key stakeholders has informed the OPR’s research programme and is structured under three key themes.

Planning Issues
Planning Performance
Planning Practice