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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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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.

The differences in the planning scope of the city devolution deals

The differences in the planning scope of the city devolution deals

Two new devolution pacts agreed between Whitehall and the Merseyside and West Midlands city-regions appear to differ significantly in the scope of their planning powers.

Spending Review: Osborne announces new enterprise zones

Spending Review: Osborne announces new enterprise zones

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to create a fresh wave of enterprise zones as part of his Spending Review.

Roads body seeks 'shovel ready' schemes for £100m growth fund

Roads body seeks 'shovel ready' schemes for £100m growth fund

'Shovel ready' projects that can demonstrate they will deliver homes and jobs over the next five years stand the best chance of securing funding from a new £100 million roads fund, a senior official from Highways England has said.

Liverpool city-region devolution deal includes strategic planning powers

Liverpool city-region devolution deal includes strategic planning powers

Powers over strategic planning, including the responsibility to create a single statutory city-region framework, are included in a devolution deal agreed between the Liverpool city-region and the government.

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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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Why out-of-date data means councils may be missing out on economic opportunities

Why out-of-date data means councils may be missing out on economic opportunities

An intensified focus on increasing housing supply has outmuscled councils' work on employment land data, leaving evidence bases out-of-date in many instances, research suggests.

How local business rate retention could influence planning authorities

How local business rate retention could influence planning authorities

The chancellor's plans to allow councils to retain locally collected business rates could lead planning officers to prioritise commercial development over housing, experts have warned.

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.

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.


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