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Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

The Institute of Economic Development's first northern conference took place in Manchester on Wednesday. Here are five things we learned about planning, economic development and devolution at the event.

IED North Conference: Embrace devolution agenda, Heseltine urges new government

IED North Conference: Embrace devolution agenda, Heseltine urges new government

Lord Heseltine has urged the new government that emerges after the general election to embrace the devolution agenda, warning that a failure to renew the Local Growth Fund would be a 'serious diminution' of the process.

IED North Conference: White paper's track record test could harm new firms, says housebuilder

IED North Conference: White paper's track record test could harm new firms, says housebuilder

A housebuilder has warned that a government proposal to speed up housing delivery by allowing councils to take an applicant's track record for housing delivery into account could block new firms from entering the market.

Conference to explore role of transport in economic growth

Conference to explore role of transport in economic growth

Speakers at a major economic development conference in Manchester tomorrow will discuss the opportunities presented by forthcoming transport infrastructure.

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Planning for post-Brexit wellbeing and quality of life, by David Marlow

With the housing white paper and the industrial strategy green paper, government set out clear strategic expectations on local government in general and planning services in particular.

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

I recently contributed to a workshop where the Local Authority Chief Executive opened proceedings by posing a place making challenge in these terms.

The value of EU cross-border cooperation, by Cliff Hague

Removing the barriers created by borders has been a fundamental part of the European Union's work.

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Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

In the second of a series of columns exploring the planning priorities of leading candidates in the upcoming city region mayoral elections, Zoe Ensor, a partner at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, looks at Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Tees Valley.

What the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal means for planning

What the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal means for planning

The emergence of a non-statutory strategic planning role for the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough may have limited impact in the short-term but could prove to be the first step towards greater mayoral planning powers in the area in the future, observers have said.

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.

How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

Planners have an important contribution to make in response to the government's industrial strategy, says David Marlow.


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Mayors are powerful new players in planning, by Richard Garlick

Mayors are powerful new players in planning, by Richard Garlick

Six significant new planning figures were created by last week's elections for city regional mayors.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

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.

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.

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

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.