I explore in my forthcoming book why the latest round of joint strategic planning – West of England, North Essex etc. has failed.
There are many reasons but it can be summed up with one analogy – they were cut and shuts – and as such they were doomed to fall apart. They were local plans glued together, by local planners running them as large scale local plans.
Strategic Plans are different beasts, and have one job – allocation of strategic sites and strategic areas for protection.