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England's enterprise zones have delivered 24,000 new jobs since they were introduced four years ago, exceeding a revised government jobs target but falling far short of an original aim, new figures show.
The government is 'giving the green light' to a high speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester, has asked Lord Heseltine to lead a 'Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission' and will provide £80 million to allow Crossrail 2 to proceed, chancellor George Osborne has announced.
The government is to push ahead with a vote on plans to allow Sunday trading restrictions to be set locally, the business secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
Two new devolution pacts agreed between Whitehall and the Merseyside and West Midlands city-regions appear to differ significantly in the scope of their planning powers.
Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to create a fresh wave of enterprise zones as part of his Spending Review.
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'?"
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.
A series of planning tools could be deployed to bring forward railway station regeneration schemes, but sites around stations present specific planning challenges, say experts.
When it comes to infrastructure, the London mayoral candidates' policies have more in common than you might expect. Susie Sell rounds up the pledges announced by each of them so far.
An Oxfordshire council teamed up with a landowner and planning consultancy to attract investment to a business park through a local development order. Winnie Agbonlahor reports.
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.