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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Osborne pledges new wave of enterprise zones to boost Northern economy

Osborne pledges new wave of enterprise zones to boost Northern economy

Chancellor George Osborne has said the government will be inviting bids for a new wave of enterprise zones across the north of England as part of a 'radical new model of city government'.

Go-ahead for major mixed-use Silvertown development

Go-ahead for major mixed-use Silvertown development

The London Borough of Newham has granted outline permission for a 27-hectare mixed-use waterfront redevelopment at Silvertown in east London's Royal Docks, comprising plans for up to 3,000 homes.

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.

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The enhanced devolution devil is in the (lack of) spatial planning detail, by David Marlow

The post-election torrent of devolution announcements and proposals provides a challenging context for strategic planners.

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.

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How a planning agreement is pushing forward the regeneration of a London docks site

How a planning agreement is pushing forward the regeneration of a London docks site

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.

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.


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