Why is my partner development space on a "Starter" plan?
Once you’ve created a development space in your partner portal you will have access to all Premium features as long as you do not have any collaborators on the space itself. Your Team Member of the Partner Portal will have unrestricted access to those spaces as well.
Once you decide to add your customers or external user to such a development space using the Collaborators feature on said space you or they will need to upgrade.
To make it simple for your and your customer to subscribe you can add one temporary user and assign them the permission to manage subscriptions for you so you do not have to subscribe for your customer.
Adding a subscription to you development space will move it out of being a “development space”. After that you will only have the features that the current space will be subscribed to. Your partner portal team members will still have access to the space.