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Historic England invites proposals for new heritage zones with 'particular focus' on housing

Historic England invites proposals for new heritage zones with 'particular focus' on housing

Heritage body Historic England is to roll out its Heritage Action Zones initiative and has asked for partnerships across the country to come forward with proposals for new designations with 'a particular focus' on housing.

Pro-business planning policy update needed, say consultants

Pro-business planning policy update needed, say consultants

National planning policy needs to be urgently reviewed to provide a 'positive environment' for business investment, a report produced by consultancy Turley argues.

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SNP pushes for city deals across urban regions

SNP pushes for city deals across urban regions

Westminster will face pressure to support a string of city and growth deals across urban areas of Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) warned today.

Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

Plans have been approved for a replica of the 1951 Festival of Britain Skylon sculpture at a site at Hereford's enterprise zone, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the development would not result in 'significant adverse visual effects or adverse impacts on landscape character'.

Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

Javid signs off Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal

The government has agreed to a devolution deal with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which includes an elected mayor with strategic planning powers and pledges to boost housing delivery and 'reform' planning services across the area.

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Local planners can help companies boost Brexit Britain, by David Marlow

With all local leadership teams desperate to attract and retain high growth companies in their area, the May publications of the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) "1000 companies to inspire Britain", and the "EY UK Attractiveness Survey 2017" are well worth a read.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

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.

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How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

Council planners will come under pressure to take more notice of air quality considerations under the government's action plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide emissions, experts predict.

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

Changes to London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system would see charges go up by more than a fifth in most boroughs, but the capital's deputy mayor for planning says that City Hall has taken independent advice that the proposed charges will not affect development viability.

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.


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