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Sturgeon puts planning, housing and infrastructure at heart of programme for government

Sturgeon puts planning, housing and infrastructure at heart of programme for government

The Scottish government has reaffirmed its commitment to bring forward a Planning Bill 'early' this Parliamentary session as part of its programme for government for the next five years which also included pledges on infrastructure development and £3 billion of investment in affordable homes.

Clark stresses role of 'place' in industrial strategy

Clark stresses role of 'place' in industrial strategy

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has stressed the importance of 'place' in delivering the government's industrial strategy, as he announced the appointment of local growth champions to 'better connect government policy' with business and industry.

Labour Party unveils city-region mayoral candidates

Labour Party unveils city-region mayoral candidates

The Labour Party has selected its candidates for three high-profile metro mayors who will assume new planning powers should they win office.

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.

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Are we about to see the rebirth of regeneration, by David Marlow

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'?"

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.

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Five reasons why the new business and energy department is important for planners

Five reasons why the new business and energy department is important for planners

Prime Minister Theresa May has merged two government departments into the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Kevin Gibbs explores the implications for planners.

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.


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