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Plans have been submitted for up to 400 homes, a 600-space truck stop and 8.9 hectares of employment space on a 56.8-hectare site on the edge of Ashford in Kent.
London and the Home Counties should develop a "shared vision" and action plan to meet their housing, infrastructure and economic needs, according to a new report.1 comment
A new business board is to be set up for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after the area's local enterprise partnership (LEP) agreed to go into voluntary liquidation.
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.
The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.
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.
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- Associate Planning Director Crest Nicholson Chertsey, Surrey
- Team Leader – Viability & Obligations Islington Council Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London N12UD
- Senior Planning Officer Hart District Council Hampshire
We highlight reasons to attend the Institute of Economic Development's annual conference in London on 23 November.
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.
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.
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.