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Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

The government's industrial strategy should require all parts of the country to prepare sub-regional spatial plans and allow constrained urban areas to expand their boundaries, according to a new report endorsed by business secretary Greg Clark.

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Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

The government has agreed to a devolution deal with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which includes an elected mayor with strategic planning powers and pledges to boost housing delivery and 'reform' planning services across the area.

Government announces £12m to progress Black Country garden city

Government announces £12m to progress Black Country garden city

The government has announced the latest allocations from its Local Growth Fund, including £12 million to help develop a new 'garden city in the Black Country', as part of its 'Midlands Engine Growth Strategy'.

Lord Heseltine sacked from government advisory roles

Lord Heseltine sacked from government advisory roles

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has been sacked from his roles advising the government on a number of issues, including estate regeneration and industrial strategy, after rebelling over Brexit in the House of Lords.

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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.

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.

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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.

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

Though there are few explicit references to the planning system, the government's new draft industrial strategy has significant implications for planners, experts say.

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Plans to axe Scotland's system of city-regional plan-making are contained in a major consultation on changes to the country's planning system.


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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.

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.

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.