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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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DfT seeks bids for share of £60m sustainable travel fund

DfT seeks bids for share of £60m sustainable travel fund

The government has launched a two-month application window for councils to apply for funding to promote walking and cycling initiatives which also drive economic growth.

Devolution deals falter over elected mayor prerequisite

Devolution deals falter over elected mayor prerequisite

Two English devolution deals have hit stumbling blocks over the government's precondition of creating locally elected mayors.

Government meets revised enterprise zone employment target

Government meets revised enterprise zone employment target

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.

Budget 2016: Chancellor 'green lights' key infrastructure projects

Budget 2016: Chancellor 'green lights' key infrastructure projects

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.

Government revives plan to devolve Sunday trading powers

Government revives plan to devolve Sunday trading powers

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.

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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.

Case for combined planning teams, by David Marlow

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 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.

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How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

Cooperation was key to approval of plans for a hi-tech manufacturing complex in the South Yorkshire green belt, says John Geoghegan.

The hurdles facing the government's station regeneration plan

The hurdles facing the government's station regeneration plan

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.

What London's mayoral candidates have to say about infrastructure

What London's mayoral candidates have to say about infrastructure

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.

How we did it: Making an order to grow business park

How we did it: Making an order to grow business park

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.


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