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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.
The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone has announced plans to increase its size by 70 hectares, with the addition of nine new sites.
Bristol City Council has agreed a £91 million funding package to progress work on long-delayed plans for a 12,000-capacity concert venue next to the city's main railway station.
Universities at the UK's eight biggest cities can now apply for funding from a £15 million pot to establish new academic enterprise zones, as part of a £415 million package of economic stimulus measures.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has insisted the government's economic development policies are working after Swedish automotive firm Haldex confirmed it was opening a new base at a Leicestershire enterprise zone.
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
Local enterprise partnerships will become integral to economic development under the Government's enterprise zones policy, says Alexandra Jones.
The next ten years will be the age of well-connected places that embrace growth, says Jon Rouse
Localism Bill may be less development-friendly than ministers think, says Richard Garlick
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The threat of developers bypassing residents' plans was among the issues that emerged at this year's Northern Growth Summit, says Richard Garlick.
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.
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.
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.