Strategic Plans: a Review of Plans During the Duty to Co-operate Era

It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the NPPF and the Localism Act, and local planning authorities have since struggled to address and agree cross-boundary matters, most notably the amount and distribution of housing needs. Nonetheless, authorities have taken up strategic planning in various forms — and in both statutory and non-statutory formats — to meet the requirements of the Duty to Co-operate.

As planning reform continues to deliberate on the way in which strategic planning happens in the future, we have taken the opportunity to research the types and broad content of statutory and non-statutory strategic plans that have been prepared, published, and adopted in England over the past 10 years, and assessed their relative strengths and weaknesses to draw out opportunities and further areas of research for the types of strategic plans going forward.

You can read the research here.