With both of the main Westminster parties recognising the need for a new focus on England’s regions, it is important they learn from past mistakes and adopt a long-term, principled approach.
It’s not right that life chances are decided by where you are born.
The One Powerhouse Consortium believes that the problem of regional inequality can be solved not just by money, but by the potential of using place-based plans for the economy, or ‘spatial planning’.
The One Powerhouse Consortium is supported by The Sir Hugh and Lady Ruby Sykes Charitable Trust.
WHAT IS SPATIAL PLANNING?
Spatial planning looks at a region and maps everything contained in that area – towns, cities, housing, schools, universities, roads, rails, airports, offices, factories, hospitals, energy sources, museums, parks and leisure activities - and makes a plan for how to best join these things up and make the most of them. (For the benefit of the people who live there, now and in the future.)
This approach is common around the world, but there is a gap in England. The One Powerhouse Consortium is bringing together organisations to develop spatial planning in England beyond the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
PLANS FOR ENGLAND’S ‘MEGA-REGIONS’
The RSA worked with local planning consultancies to develop the first prototype regional plans for the four English ‘mega-regions’ identified by the UK2070 Commission: the North, the Midlands, the South West, and the South East.
Download the maps:
- North (pdf, 18 MB)
- Midlands (pdf, 2 MB)
- South East (pdf, 12 MB)
- South West (pdf, 9 MB)
- Spatial Planning in the Devolved Regions (pdf, 0.7 MB)
One Powerhouse will be developing these maps and ideas further throughout 2019 – follow @theRSAorg on Twitter for updates.