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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Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

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'.

Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

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.

Government announces £12m to progress Black Country garden city

Government announces £12m to progress Black Country garden city

The government has announced the latest allocations from its Local Growth Fund, including £12 million to help develop a new 'garden city in the Black Country', as part of its 'Midlands Engine Growth Strategy'.

Crossrail development tariff 'on track' to deliver funding target

Crossrail development tariff 'on track' to deliver funding target

Receipts from London mayoral development tariffs intended to fund the Crossrail infrastructure project are 'on track' to raise a £600 million target by March 2019, a review has concluded.

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.

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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.

Chancellor makes his planning offer to the provinces, by Richard Garlick

The chancellor held back his major planning announcements until after the deadline for this week's edition.

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Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

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.

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

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.

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

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.

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.


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