The story of strategic planning since the 2004 Act has been in large part an innovation of new styles of plan facing the harsh reality of contact with the Planning Inspectorate.
Now the results of the NEGC and West of England examinations into new style joint strategic plans offers an opportunity reflection similar to that following the unsoundness fining of the first core strategy for Stafford.
Although strategic planning has seen an inevitable revival the reason why it has not been welcomed with open arms is that in England we have never got the structure or geographical level of strategic planning right. Numerous messing around with local government structures always short of a comprehensive form has led to a messy combination of strategic plan structures covering districts, unitaries, counties and combined authorities. Though we have moved beyond the weak duty to cooperate to an effective duty to plan strategically there…
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