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Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Plans have been approved for the expansion of the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent after planners concluded that there would be no negative impacts on neighbouring town centres which could not be mitigated.

Heseltine to address IED conference

Heseltine to address IED conference

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, DCLG/BEIS Cities and Local Growth Unit director Tom Walker and Homes and Communities Agency North West director Danielle Gillespie speak at the Institute of Economic Development's North conference in Manchester on 10 May.

Government announces preferred route for new Lower Thames Crossing

Government announces preferred route for new Lower Thames Crossing

The government has announced its preferred route for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing which would cross the river east of Gravesend in Kent via a tunnel.

Council approves green belt Royal Horticultural Society garden

Council approves green belt Royal Horticultural Society garden

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has secured planning consent for a new 63-hectare garden on a green belt site in Salford, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme had 'strategic significance' to the city and the North West of England.

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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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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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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.