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Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to create a fresh wave of enterprise zones as part of his Spending Review.
'Shovel ready' projects that can demonstrate they will deliver homes and jobs over the next five years stand the best chance of securing funding from a new £100 million roads fund, a senior official from Highways England has said.
Powers over strategic planning, including the responsibility to create a single statutory city-region framework, are included in a devolution deal agreed between the Liverpool city-region and the government.
An intensified focus on increasing housing supply has outmuscled councils' work on employment land data, leaving evidence bases out-of-date in many instances, research suggests.
Half of all local authorities in England have published evidence on employment land which pre-dates the National Planning Policy Framework and may no longer be 'fit for purpose', a report has concluded.
On the cusp of a spending review expected to be 'brutal', the need to engage proactively, in innovative ways, with successful local 'anchor institutions' is acute.
The chancellor held back his major planning announcements until after the deadline for this week's edition.
May's Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and the first Lords debate on it last month failed to address the issues raised in my previous column (see related articles) on the need for a clear national spatial strategy and a context for strategic planning outside core cities. Instead, the bill presents fresh challenges, three of which this column will explore.
The post-election torrent of devolution announcements and proposals provides a challenging context for strategic planners.
The limitations of 'duty to cooperate' have long been described by this blog, amongst others.
- Senior Planner (Policy) Medway Council Chatham, Kent
- Planning Advisers x 4 Education Funding Agency Coventry, Darlington, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, London
- Planning Policy and Obligations Officer Blaby District Council Narborough, Leicester
- Head of Strategic Planning RE Barnet Barnet (London Borough), London (Greater)
- Principal Planner RE Barnet Barnet (London Borough), London (Greater)
The chancellor's plans to allow councils to retain locally collected business rates could lead planning officers to prioritise commercial development over housing, experts have warned.
The government wants simplified planning arrangements to be part of a new wave of enterprise zones in smaller towns and appropriate rural areas.
Plans to regenerate a long-derelict 25-hectare site in east London's Royal Docks could finally get off the ground thanks to a proposed Crossrail station and a planning deal between the developer and local authority.
Experts have said a new transport strategy for the north of England could affect local plans, which may need updating to take into account the economic activity and housing growth resulting from the proposals.