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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Do we need a Great North Plan? Call for evidence

What should a strategic spatial planning framework for the north of England be like? What should be its scope, and how should it be developed?

This call for evidence closed on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

A summary of the responses to this call for evidence is now available here.


This is a call for evidence. Businesses, planners, academics, local councils, civil society groups – indeed, anyone living or working in the north of England – is invited to share their thoughts about whether we need a Great North Plan, and their ideas about what it should look like. Through this project, a partnership between IPPR North and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), we aim to determine the most appropriate approach to developing a strategic spatial planning framework across the North of England.

It has three objectives.

  1. To initiate discussions about the nature and scope of a strategic spatial planning framework for the north of England.
  2. To solicit proposals for greater integration between transportation and spatial planning.
  3. To explore and develop advice about the appropriate governance needed to take this agenda forward.

We will also be holding a series of five regional roundtable events in northern cities in June and July 2015 to feed into this process, culminating in a 'Northern Summit' in Leeds in early 2016.

For further information download the full 'call for evidence' PDF, or visit the #GreatNorthPlan website. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to [email protected].