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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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.

Report calls for simplification of enterprise zone planning rules

Report calls for simplification of enterprise zone planning rules

Consideration should be given to simplifying the planning process within enterprise zones through the introduction of measures similar to Simplified Planning Zones, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers has urged.

Enterprise zones create 12,500 jobs but fall short of initial target

Enterprise zones create 12,500 jobs but fall short of initial target

Enterprise zones have created fewer than a quarter of the jobs that the government had initially estimated they would generate by 2015, according to figures published today by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Business-led scheme approved at London's Royal Docks

Business-led scheme approved at London's Royal Docks

Plans for more than 1,000 homes and 300,000 square metres of business space in East London's Royal Docks have been given the green light.

LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

Senior figures from two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have warned that the planning system is acting as a brake on growth and that existing tools to speed the passage of development proposals are insufficient.

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Does government deserve the 'third degree' on University Enterprise Zones?

David Marlow: 'Government's penchant for shallow PR over serious local growth policy and practice is exposed yet again with its launch of the University Enterprise Zone 'competition' earlier this week'. More

Zones give teeth to partnerships

Local enterprise partnerships will become integral to economic development under the Government's enterprise zones policy, says Alexandra Jones.

The era of in-between places

The next ten years will be the age of well-connected places that embrace growth, says Jon Rouse

Pro-growth bill could have reverse effect

Localism Bill may be less development-friendly than ministers think, says Richard Garlick

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Warning over neighbourhood regime

Warning over neighbourhood regime

The threat of developers bypassing residents' plans was among the issues that emerged at this year's Northern Growth Summit, says Richard Garlick.

City dealer

City dealer

Earlier this year, Liverpool broke ranks and enthusiastically embraced the government's city mayoral agenda. But did the city secure a good deal, Adam Branson asks its first executive mayor.

Streamlining supervisor

Streamlining supervisor

To ensure that Teesside's enterprise zone opened this month with eased planning rules, the director in charge of this process says its economic body had to work fast, reports Adam Branson.

Growth formula

Growth formula

Rather than castigate planners as a drag on the economy, the Scottish National Party vowed to use planning to boost economic growth after its election victory last May. John Geoghegan assesses its progress over a busy nine months.


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