What the tribulations of the West of England plan mean for the future of joint strategies

The withdrawal by local authorities from a four-year exercise in joint strategic planning is a setback for other areas engaging in cross-boundary collaboration, warn some observers. However, others say the demise of the West of England plan may actually provide helpful lessons for similar enterprises elsewhere.

by Joey Gardiner
Bath: city had been part of joint plan (pic: David Evans, Flickr)
Bath: city had been part of joint plan (pic: David Evans, Flickr)

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