Planning, especially strategic forms of planning, is widely considered to play an important role in achieving economic growth and sustainable development outcomes. However, in England there has been a retreat from strategic planning at the regional level – which prior to 2010 was seeking to integrate land-use planning and economic planning – towards a localist philosophy, which the UK Government intends will improve planning outcomes. Following the revocation of Regional Spatial Strategies, England is without a recognised strategic planning framework. Subsequently, for some commentators, a ‘strategic void’ has emerged, which left unfilled could result in less growth and more unsustainable development than would otherwise be the case.
|Publication status||Published - 13 Mar 2014|