Enterprise Zones

News, analysis and discussion of the new generation of enterprise zones. First introduced in the 1980s, enterprise zones are now being reintroduced with the aim of reducing perceived barriers to business, such as the planning system.

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What the government's northern transport strategy could mean for planning

What the government's northern transport strategy could mean for planning

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.

Budget 2015: Blackpool cool on LDO route for new enterprise zone

Budget 2015: Blackpool cool on LDO route for new enterprise zone

A new enterprise zone for Blackpool, announced yesterday in the Budget, may focus on economic incentives rather than the relaxation of planning rules, the area's local authority has suggested.

Treasury 'must do more to devolve spending and regeneration powers to councils'

Treasury 'must do more to devolve spending and regeneration powers to councils'

The government needs to do more to work with councils to devolve more powers over spending and regeneration, the head of development and environment at a London borough has said.

Osborne pledges more planning powers for London mayor

Osborne pledges more planning powers for London mayor

More planning powers could be devolved to the capital and a new 'London Land Commission' will be established to deliver more development on brownfield sites, under measures outlined in a 'long term economic plan' for the capital, unveiled by the chancellor and the London mayor today.

Capital 'losing industrial land at twice London Plan target'

Capital 'losing industrial land at twice London Plan target'

Industrial land in the capital is being converted to residential use at twice the rate identified in the capital's strategic planning document, a report by a London Assembly member has warned.

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Beyond 'duty to cooperate' - towards a new era of strategic planning

The limitations of 'duty to cooperate' have long been described by this blog, amongst others.

Let's party like it's 2009...and plan like it's 2019

Assiduous readers of this blog will know, at this time of year I try to combine historic reflections, a look to the future, with some seasonal cheer and humour.

Gambling on casinos for regeneration; why Atlantic City is out of luck

While in Philadelphia recently for the annual conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning I was able to make a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, a place famous for its use of casinos as a driver for urban regeneration.

Mayor's business district inflates, by Sir Peter Hall

In a 2012 Olympics anniversary celebration a few weeks ago, 5,000 runners high-fived Sir Chris Hoy in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as kids splashed in water fountains.

An initial scan of local growth deals and LGF awards

David Marlow: 'Congratulations to both government, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners for achieving the 'heroic' (my words) and historic announcement on 7th July 2014 of 39 Local Growth Deals.' More

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Institute of Economic Development conference offers planning insights

Institute of Economic Development conference offers planning insights

The Institute of Economic Development's annual conference took place in west London earlier this month. Here are five things we learned about planning and economic development at the event:

Enterprise zones fail to get orders in place

Enterprise zones fail to get orders in place

A group of enterprise zones remain without simplified planning regimes, 18 months after concerns were raised about take-up, Planning has learned.

What devolution could mean for planning

What devolution could mean for planning

The government's promise of greater devolved powers for Scotland has been matched by a pledge to empower English city-regions. Richard Garlick assesses the implications.

Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Authorities in Greater Manchester have started preparing what would be England's first statutory development plan for a city-region, with proposals to almost treble its current rate of housebuilding.


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