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The TCPA has recognised the need for effective strategic planning for over 50 years. Today, the TCPA believes that effective strategic planning is needed more than ever before – at UK, national, regional, and sub-regional levels.
The TCPA sees strategic and regional planning as an essential tool for guiding development, land use change, and a wide range of other activities at the level of relatively large areas that have some clear socio-economic, cultural, or ecological identity. This approach recognises that major developments will influence living and working conditions well beyond the boundaries of any single locality or local administration. A strategic plan should develop understanding and vision across a whole range of social, environmental, and economic issues that go far beyond the considerations of conventional land use planning, taking a comprehensive and integrated approach over long time horizons. By doing this, the aim is to ensure effective and co-ordinated thinking and action across the full range of sectoral and departmental concerns.
Download the TCPA policy statement on Strategic and Regional Planning (published January 2003)