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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Three more London housing zones announced

Three more London housing zones announced

Locations of three new housing zones for London, earmarked for the delivery of around 6,000 homes, have been confirmed by mayor Boris Johnson.

What is likely to be on offer in the new round of 'small town' enterprise zones

What is likely to be on offer in the new round of 'small town' enterprise zones

The government wants simplified planning arrangements to be part of a new wave of enterprise zones in smaller towns and appropriate rural areas.

Report calls for LEPs to get clear planning powers

Report calls for LEPs to get clear planning powers

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are acutely understaffed in terms of their planning capacity and need to have their planning status better defined by central government, according to a report.

Summer Budget: Osborne calls for 'small town' enterprise zones

Summer Budget: Osborne calls for 'small town' enterprise zones

The government is inviting bids for a new wave of enterprise zones targeting 'smaller towns' and 'rural areas where appropriate', chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Plans approved for Hull wind turbine factory

Plans approved for Hull wind turbine factory

Planning approval has been granted for a Siemens wind turbine blade factory and associated facilities at Hull's Alexandra Dock after planners concluded that the proposals were broadly in line with a local development order (LDO) which covers the site.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.


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