Strategic planning has long been at the heart of the post-war statutory planning framework. From 1968, this took the form of structure plans. In 2004, however, these were replaced by Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS). Then in May 2010, the Conservative Party announced it would abolish RSS and with it, we would argue, strategic planning in any meaningful sense of the word. The incoming Coalition Government followed through on this. This article looks at the implications of RSS abolition and the consequences, looking in particular at its implication for economic growth and investment in more prosperous, southern England.
Boddy, M., & Hickman, H. (2013). The demise of strategic planning? the impact of the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategy in a growth region. Town Planning Review, 84(6), 743-768. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2013.38