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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Housing and infrastructure schemes to receive Growth Fund cash

Housing and infrastructure schemes to receive Growth Fund cash

A new link road at Burgess Hill in West Sussex which would help enable housing development in the area is among the projects to receive funding in the latest tranche of allocations from the government's Local Growth Fund.

Release green belt and bolster planning teams to boost London's growth, says report

Release green belt and bolster planning teams to boost London's growth, says report

Planning policies in London should be shaken up to allow some development on 'low-quality' green belt land as a way of boosting housing growth, according to a report for mayor Boris Johnson.

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London City Fringe planning framework published for consultation

London City Fringe planning framework published for consultation

A new planning document intended to balance the demands of residential and commercial development around the Old Street street area in London's City Fringe has been published for consultation.

Osborne promises discussion of Croydon 'Growth Zone' proposal

Osborne promises discussion of Croydon 'Growth Zone' proposal

Plans for the London Borough of Croydon to become a 'Growth Zone' to accelerate regeneration in the district received a boost in yesterday's Autumn Statement.

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:

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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.

Gambling on casinos for regeneration; why Atlantic City is out of luck

While in Philadelphia recently for the annual conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning I was able to make a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, a place famous for its use of casinos as a driver for urban regeneration.

Mayor's business district inflates, by Sir Peter Hall

In a 2012 Olympics anniversary celebration a few weeks ago, 5,000 runners high-fived Sir Chris Hoy in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as kids splashed in water fountains.

An initial scan of local growth deals and LGF awards

David Marlow: 'Congratulations to both government, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners for achieving the 'heroic' (my words) and historic announcement on 7th July 2014 of 39 Local Growth Deals.' More

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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.

What devolution could mean for planning

What devolution could mean for planning

The government's promise of greater devolved powers for Scotland has been matched by a pledge to empower English city-regions. Richard Garlick assesses the implications.

Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Authorities in Greater Manchester have started preparing what would be England's first statutory development plan for a city-region, with proposals to almost treble its current rate of housebuilding.

Senior figures set to discuss growth

Senior figures set to discuss growth

Lord Heseltine and economics commentator Will Hutton head a list of senior figures from business and government who will be speaking at this year's Institute of Economic Development (IED) conference.


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