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Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

The government will use additional infrastructure funding to unlock growth and help more evenly distribute economic prosperity across the country, according to its industrial strategy, published today.

'Place-based strategy' to form key plank of industrial policy

'Place-based strategy' to form key plank of industrial policy

A 'place-based strategy' to 'build on the particular strengths of different places and address factors that hold places back' will form a key part of the government's industrial strategy which is due to be published later today.

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.

Peers call for regeneration power to be deleted from HS2 bill

Peers call for regeneration power to be deleted from HS2 bill

A measure in the HS2 Bill to allow the secretary of state to acquire land for wider regeneration unrelated to the rail scheme should be dropped as it is 'undesirable and unnecessary', a report by peers has recommended.

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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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.


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