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Applications submitted for first of next-generation phone kiosks

Applications submitted for first of next-generation phone kiosks

Planning applications to install the first tranche of the ultramodern kiosks that BT intends to use to replace traditional phone boxes on the high street have been submitted to a central London borough.

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

New transport pot will support delivery of housing schemes

New transport pot will support delivery of housing schemes

Transport projects that enable the delivery of 'vital new housing developments' are in line for cash from a new £1.1 billion fund to tackle congestion and deliver local road and public transport network improvements, the transport secretary has said.

Brexit has prompted infrastructure boost, says academic

Brexit has prompted infrastructure boost, says academic

The increased investment in infrastructure promised in the chancellor's Autumn Statement is a consequence of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a senior academic said last week.

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Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

Diary: Twist in pub demolition tale

First up, news reaches Diary of a twist in the tale of the Carlton Tavern, the London pub that was last year demolished by a developer without planning permission, prompting an order for its rebuilding.

The revolution required to address UK's regional problems, by David Marlow

It is good news, if somewhat belated, that Philip McCann's diagnosis of the UK regional problem is getting widespread exposure and debate.

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Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

Speakers at last week's Institute for Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference stressed the importance of planning and housebuilding in boosting local economic growth.

What obstacles does the city-regional plan for Manchester face?

What obstacles does the city-regional plan for Manchester face?

Greater Manchester authorities have won plaudits for agreeing a draft spatial framework, but face criticism from a mayoral candidate, housebuilders and landowners over the plan's approach to green belt release.


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The devolution of planning powers to elected mayors is not without risks, by Jamie Carpenter

The devolution of planning powers to elected mayors is not without risks, by Jamie Carpenter

While this year's battle to become London's new mayor was divisive, there was one topic on which all the candidates were in agreement: the green belt.

Planning's spatial rebalancing act in pursuit of inclusive growth, by David Marlow

Planning's spatial rebalancing act in pursuit of inclusive growth, by David Marlow

Recent columns have presented a series of arguments on changes to the economic underpinnings of strategic spatial planning in the aftermath of the European Union referendum.

Are we about to see the rebirth of regeneration, by David Marlow

Are we about to see the rebirth of regeneration, by David Marlow

A government review of 'regional focus' is widely rumoured to be complementing the higher profile reformulation of industrial strategy.

EU funding recipients must make strong cases to retain post-Brexit support, by Jamie Carpenter

EU funding recipients must make strong cases to retain post-Brexit support, by Jamie Carpenter

For decades, the UK's poorest regions have benefited from billions of pounds of funding from the European Union (EU). The sums are vast.


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