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Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

The emerging strategic transport plan for the north of England will seek to support councils' spatial and economic planning functions in developing an integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, its authors have promised.

South Yorkshire mayoral vote still on despite poll findings

South Yorkshire mayoral vote still on despite poll findings

A vote to elect a mayor for the Sheffield city-region is still on the cards this spring, despite evidence of strong public support for a 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal in two of its four constituent districts.

Business board to replace to-be-liquidated Cambridgeshire LEP

Business board to replace to-be-liquidated Cambridgeshire LEP

A new business board is to be set up for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after the area's local enterprise partnership (LEP) agreed to go into voluntary liquidation.

Plans submitted for 2,800-home Purfleet regeneration scheme

Plans submitted for 2,800-home Purfleet regeneration scheme

Plans have been submitted for a 2,800-home regeneration project in Purfleet, Essex.

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Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?

Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

At very short notice I have been asked to assist the British Overseas Territories (OTs) of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with recovery planning post-Hurricane Irma.

Pride can come before a fall, by David Marlow

The Department for International Trade's (DIT) evident pride in 'record levels of inward investment' to the UK in 2016-17 obscures some important trends.

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What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.

Five things we learned from the IED Conference

Five things we learned from the IED Conference

The Institute of Economic Development's annual conference took place in London last Thursday. Here are five things we learned about planning, economic development and devolution at the event.

Conference Preview - How to share economic gains

Conference Preview - How to share economic gains

We highlight reasons to attend the Institute of Economic Development's annual conference in London on 23 November.

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

Local authorities seeking to promote changes to plans for the second phase of the HS2 rail link will have to invest significant time and resources to argue their case, according to infrastructure planning experts.


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

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.

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

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

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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