Arising under the Local Government Reform Act 2014 the Southern Regional Assembly has assumed a number of new functions. Chief among these responsibilities is the preparation of a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region.
Each one of the three Regional Assemblies will prepare their own Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES). The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies will provide a long-term regional level strategic planning and economic framework in support of the implementation of the National Planning Framework
There will be a single RSES for the Southern Region. Account will be taken in the drafting of the RSES of the proposed spatial plans (i.e. Development Plans) and economic plans (i.e. Local, Economic, Community Plans) of local authorities to ensure that the RSES is informed by identified local and regional needs.