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Tees Valley development corporation plans take step forward

Tees Valley development corporation plans take step forward

Plans to formally establish a mayoral development corporation responsible for approximately 1,820 hectares of land to the south of the River Tees have taken a step forward after receiving backing from the Tees Valley's new mayor and cabinet members at the area's combined authority.

Historic England invites proposals for new heritage zones with 'particular focus' on housing

Historic England invites proposals for new heritage zones with 'particular focus' on housing

Heritage body Historic England is to roll out its Heritage Action Zones initiative and has asked for partnerships across the country to come forward with proposals for new designations with 'a particular focus' on housing.

Pro-business planning policy update needed, say consultants

Pro-business planning policy update needed, say consultants

National planning policy needs to be urgently reviewed to provide a 'positive environment' for business investment, a report produced by consultancy Turley argues.

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Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

News that England's 'fastest-shrinking' district is proposing a housing target of 133 homes a year in its draft planning blueprint, despite latest official projections suggesting a loss of households over the plan period, features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

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Local planners can help companies boost Brexit Britain, by David Marlow

With all local leadership teams desperate to attract and retain high growth companies in their area, the May publications of the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) "1000 companies to inspire Britain", and the "EY UK Attractiveness Survey 2017" are well worth a read.

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.

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Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

In the final of a series of columns on the metro mayoral elections, Douglas Johnson, account director at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, examines how councils and applicants should adapt their approach in light of the winning candidates.

How England's six new city-region mayors will shape planning

How England's six new city-region mayors will shape planning

With the new metro mayors taking office, Bryan Johnston explores the implications of their elections for planning.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.