A number of local authority consortia have submitted proposals to the Treasury in the latest round of devolution bids, including their cases for strategic planning powers.
Catriona Riddell, the POS Strategic Planning Subject Specialist, told Planning magazine that the devolution bids she had seen made specific references to strategic planning. "I was very heartened with that because it is taking us back to where we left off in 2010 where we were beginning to properly integrate strategic spatial priorities with the infrastructure and economic priorities," she said.
Riddell maintains that, whether explicitly mentioned in the proposals or not, strategic planning would need to make a comeback. "All of these proposals are about facilitating growth and promotoing prosperity," she said. "You can't do that and deal with the big investment issues without having a shared responsibility on what strategic spatial priorities are as well."