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Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.

New Leicestershire enterprise zone announced

New Leicestershire enterprise zone announced

The government has announced the creation of a new enterprise zone in Leicestershire.

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Plans for a new junction on the M49 near Bristol that would provide a motorway connection into a strategically important employment location have taken a step forward with the selection of a preferred option for the scheme by roads body Highways England.

TfL sets out plan for Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham

TfL sets out plan for Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham

Detailed proposals for station locations along the proposed route of an extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle have been published by mayoral agency Transport for London (TfL).

Latest David Marlow Blogs

White paper measures reflect ministers' growing frustration, by Alex Morton

The most interesting point about the white paper was that despite the delays, it was not fully formed.

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Global trends for 2017 local planning, by David Marlow

2016 turned many previous assumptions upside down. If New Year provides a brief moment for reflection, what 2016 global mega-trends need to be considered before the hard detailed work of strategic local planning recommences in earnest?

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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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.

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

Though there are few explicit references to the planning system, the government's new draft industrial strategy has significant implications for planners, experts say.

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.

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.


Economic Development Comment

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.

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.