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Plans unveiled for new 12,500-seat Gateshead entertainment venue

Plans unveiled for new 12,500-seat Gateshead entertainment venue

Plans have been revealed for a new 12,500-seat entertainment arena, conference and exhibition centre on a four-hectare brownfield site on the banks of the River Tyne at Gateshead.

Government confirms HS2 route to go via Sheffield city centre

Government confirms HS2 route to go via Sheffield city centre

The government has confirmed plans to construct a spur to enable HS2 trains to run into Sheffield city centre along the existing rail network and expressed its support for proposals to build a new rail hub at Crewe.

Infrastructure commission seeks 'visionary ideas' for Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor

Infrastructure commission seeks 'visionary ideas' for Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor

A competition has been launched by the government's infrastructure advisory body seeking 'visionary ideas for development typologies across the Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford corridor'.

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Infrastructure chief calls for 'urgent progress' on key schemes

Infrastructure chief calls for 'urgent progress' on key schemes

The boss of the National Infrastructure Commission has teamed up with business leaders to fire a warning to the government not to let up on its programme of infrastructure construction in the wake of this month's inconclusive election result.

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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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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.

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.


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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.