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‘Better coordination’ is vital for the North to prosper

Words: Laura Edgar
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If the north of England is to thrive in a post-Brexit world, growth and investment must be strategically planned across the region, but emerging plans for delivering this need to be better coordinated, the RTPI has said.

Currently, local authorities are working on their own local plans, which will set out what will be built and where.

The institute said it is “critical” that these plans are properly aligned with each other, along with emerging regional plans from bodies like Transport for the North (TfN).

For the institute, a unified approach to where homes, jobs and infrastructure will go is necessary. It has launched an invitation to tender to develop a spatial framework to show how individual plans for place in the North can be aligned to maximise potential.

James Harris, policy and networks manager at the RTPI, said: “There are a wide range of plans and strategies being developed by bodies across the North at the local and city-regional level. These will help determine the success of individual places, but to meet the aspirations of the Northern Powerhouse, they need to be joined up through a broader framework. This project will set out how this can be done.”

The plan aims to build on the RTPI’s Blueprint for a Great North Plan, which suggested how to turn the Northern Powerhouse into a reality over the next 35 years. It will complement the Strategic Transport Plan from TfN, and the work of bodies like the Northern Energy Task Force, said the RTPI. 

The invitation to tender can be found on the RTPI website (pdf).

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