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.Page Title RSS fe
Heritage body Historic England is to roll out its Heritage Action Zones initiative and has asked for partnerships across the country to come forward with proposals for new designations with 'a particular focus' on housing.
National planning policy needs to be urgently reviewed to provide a 'positive environment' for business investment, a report produced by consultancy Turley argues.1 comment
Westminster will face pressure to support a string of city and growth deals across urban areas of Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) warned today.
Plans have been approved for a replica of the 1951 Festival of Britain Skylon sculpture at a site at Hereford's enterprise zone, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the development would not result in 'significant adverse visual effects or adverse impacts on landscape character'.
The government has agreed to a devolution deal with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which includes an elected mayor with strategic planning powers and pledges to boost housing delivery and 'reform' planning services across the area.
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.
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.
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'?"
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.
- Planning Officer Hastings Borough Council Hastings, East Sussex
- Area Development Manager (Outer) Norwich City Council Norwich, Norfolk
- Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Development Specialist Aylesbury Vale District Council Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
- Planning Inspector (Planning Enforcement Team) Westminster City Council City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
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.
A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.
In the second of Planning's previews of next month's English city-region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the main contenders are proposing to upgrade critical infrastructure in their areas.
Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.