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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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Infrastructure costs are the greatest barrier to investment, report launched at IED conference finds

Infrastructure costs are the greatest barrier to investment, report launched at IED conference finds

High infrastructure costs have been cited by local authorities and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the biggest barrier to attracting inward investment, according to new research.

Planning can provide certainty in uncertain times, government official tells IED conference

Planning can provide certainty in uncertain times, government official tells IED conference

Planning is a key tool to help local authorities attract inward investment during uncertain economic times, a senior civil servant at the Department for International Trade (DIT) has said.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get new strategic planning powers

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get new strategic planning powers

A devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which would see the creation of an elected mayor with strategic planning powers looks set to go ahead after a final agreement from local councils.

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Government's infrastructure adviser recommends Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford strategic plan

Government's infrastructure adviser recommends Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford strategic plan

A lack of housing presents a 'fundamental risk' to the success of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor and can only be tackled with the creation of a single strategic plan for the area, a government-commissioned report has said.

Report backs enterprise zone covering south Wales valleys

Report backs enterprise zone covering south Wales valleys

An enterprise zone using 'local planning powers and financial incentives' should be created to help boost economic development and reduce poverty across the south Wales valleys, a report has recommended.

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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.

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.

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5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

Speakers at last week's Institute for Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference stressed the importance of planning and housebuilding in boosting local economic growth.

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

Local authorities around Heathrow fear that the government's 2017 local plan deadline could undermine their efforts to plan to accommodate the employment and housing growth generated by a third runway at the airport.

10 reasons to attend the IED conference

10 reasons to attend the IED conference

We highlight what you could gain from attending next month's IED conference in London.

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.


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