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London mayor highlights urban development technology as a key growth sector

London mayor highlights urban development technology as a key growth sector

London mayor Sadiq Khan has identified the application of new technology to urban development as a key opportunity area for London in his economic development strategy, published today.

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.

Industrial strategy pledges 'strategic approach to planning housing and infrastructure'

Industrial strategy pledges 'strategic approach to planning housing and infrastructure'

The government says it will support greater collaboration between councils and a 'more strategic approach to planning housing and infrastructure', as part of its new industrial strategy.

Imposing elected mayors risks alienation, political commentator warns

Imposing elected mayors risks alienation, political commentator warns

Central government imposing elected mayors in areas without popular support risks alienating people from the democratic process, political commentator Matthew Parris has warned.

Second West Midlands devolution deal includes money for 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team'

Second West Midlands devolution deal includes money for 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team'

A government commitment of £6 million to support a new 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team' is included in a second devolution deal between the government and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

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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 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.

Are we about to see the rebirth of regeneration, by David Marlow

A government review of 'regional focus' is widely rumoured to be complementing the higher profile reformulation of industrial strategy.

Where is the strategic planning fuel for the Midlands Engine (and Northern Powerhouse), by David Marlow

One of the signature moments at the launch of the 'Midlands Engine' prospectus for growth on Friday December 4th came when the leader of Derbyshire County Council challenged the secretary of state for business innovation and skills (BIS) - Sajid Javid. "Does government want the Midlands Engine to be Formula One or will it end up as 'Wacky Races'?"

Getting to know your local universities, by David Marlow

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.

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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.

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

Council planners will come under pressure to take more notice of air quality considerations under the government's action plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide emissions, experts predict.

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

Changes to London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system would see charges go up by more than a fifth in most boroughs, but the capital's deputy mayor for planning says that City Hall has taken independent advice that the proposed charges will not affect development viability.

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.


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