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RTPI to lead Great North Plan debate

Words: Laura Edgar
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As devolved powers are promised to the North through a devolution bill, the Royal Town Planning Institute is asking three big questions.

What should a strategic spatial planning framework for the north of England be like, what should be its scope, and how should it be developed?

Partnered with IPPR North, the three northern RTPI regions – Yorkshire, North East and North West) will lead a project that aims to find the most appropriate approach for developing a strategic spatial planning framework across the north of England.

A series of regional roundtables will be organised and held during the summer months, leading up to a ‘Northern Summit’ conference to be heard later this year. Additionally, a report exploring what a spatial planning framework for the North should look like and how it could be developed will be drawn up.

Bob Wolfe, chair of the Northern Summit Project Board, said: “The Northern Powerhouse offers immense opportunities for communities to work together and think beyond their own boundaries to create the housing, transport, infrastructure and environment that will benefit the whole of the north of England. We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get it right and this debate will be crucial in setting the ideas and thinking in motion.”

Until 30 September 2015, the RTPI and IPPR are inviting businesses, planners, academics, local councils, civil society groups and other groups and organisations in the North to share their thoughts on whether or not a Great North Plan is required and ideas on what it should look like.

It is hoped that this will encourage discussion about the nature and potential for strategic spatial planning framework for the north of England, bring forward proposals for further integration between transportation and spatial planning, and to explore and develop advice about the governance needed to take this forward.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to infrastructure@ippr.org

For more information, either visit Great North Plan website or download the full call for evidence here (pdf).