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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.

Download A Vision for Britain. Planned. (pdf, 0.1 MB)


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’.


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.

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One Powerhouse will be developing these maps and ideas further throughout 2019 – follow @theRSAorg on Twitter for updates.

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Ed Cox

Ed Cox

Director of Public Services and Communities


Riley Thorold

Riley Thorold

Assistant Researcher, Public Services and Communities