If the North of England is to thrive post-Brexit, growth and investment must be strategically planned across the region but emerging plans for delivery – across a range of areas, including housing, energy and transport – require better coordination, the RTPI says.
Many local authorities in the region are working on separate Local Plans to determine what will be built and where. It is critical that these plans are properly aligned with each other, along with the emerging regional plans from bodies like Transport for the North.
The Institute says the North of England needs a unified approach to where homes, jobs, infrastructure and the other components of vibrant, prosperous places will be built. It has launched an invitation to tender to develop this ambitious spatial framework to show how individual plans for places across the North can be aligned to maximise the region’s potential.
Launching the invitation to tender, James Harris, RTPI Policy and Networks Manager 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.”
This plan is the next stage in the RTPI’s work to grow the North of England. It will build on the Institute’s Blueprint for a Great North Plan, which showed how to turn the Northern Powerhouse into a reality over the next 35 years. It will complement the Strategic Transport Plan from Transport for the North, and the work of bodies like the Northern Energy Task Force.
The invitation to tender closes on Friday, 25 May 2018.
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