Regional Spatial Strategies. Introduced by a Labour Government in 2004, these were regional level planning strategies. They were abolished by the Coalition Government in July 2010 as part of the Localism Bill. None of the prepared RSSs ever made it through public consultation and examination. Most attracted high levels of objection. One problem was that being prepared by Regional Bodies they lacked democratic legitimacy or means for people to influence outcomes. Another, was the top down housing targets.
An RSS was supposed to have planned for the following across regions:
Areas for regeneration
Areas for infrastructure investment
They were also designed to add regional specific policies.
RSSs have been superseded by LDF’s.