|Regional spatial strategy||
Regional Spatial Strategies (or Regional Strategies) were introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and set out planning policies for each of the English regions outside of London. The Localism Act 2011 introduced powers however that will allow the Secretary of State to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies (and other Regional Strategies). Subject to the outcome of Environmental Assessment, these Strategies will be abolished in the near future. For the time being however Regional Strategies must be taken into account when local planning authorities write their Local Plans, and planning decisions should have regard to them.