Talk of devolution in the wake of the Scottish referendum outcome has sparked a flurry of opinion.
In response to a Planning reporter, Catriona Ridell for POS, said "I can't see the government being allowed to continue to devolve powers to cities without some other parts of England asking for the same." She added "You need an approach that offers all parts of the country some devolved powers to address strategic issues, including planning."
Devolution could also reconnect people to politics at a scale they can comprehend. Riddell agrees, suggesting that such a move could help drive up the calibre of local politicians and improve voter engagement. "One of the big lessons of the referendum in Scotland is that, if we want more participatory democracy, we have to give the electorate something worth participating in, " she commented. "Some form of devolutuon could provide that."
Catriona Riddell, POS Strategic Planning Specialist