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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LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

Senior figures from two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have warned that the planning system is acting as a brake on growth and that existing tools to speed the passage of development proposals are insufficient.

Sheffield enterprise zone to expand

Sheffield enterprise zone to expand

The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone has announced plans to increase its size by 70 hectares, with the addition of nine new sites.

Revived Bristol Arena plans gather pace

Revived Bristol Arena plans gather pace

Bristol City Council has agreed a £91 million funding package to progress work on long-delayed plans for a 12,000-capacity concert venue next to the city's main railway station.

DCLG details £415m enterprise 'boost'

DCLG details £415m enterprise 'boost'

Universities at the UK's eight biggest cities can now apply for funding from a £15 million pot to establish new academic enterprise zones, as part of a £415 million package of economic stimulus measures.

Pickles: enterprise zones pulling in foreign investment

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has insisted the government's economic development policies are working after Swedish automotive firm Haldex confirmed it was opening a new base at a Leicestershire enterprise zone.

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Does government deserve the 'third degree' on University Enterprise Zones?

David Marlow: 'Government's penchant for shallow PR over serious local growth policy and practice is exposed yet again with its launch of the University Enterprise Zone 'competition' earlier this week'. More

Zones give teeth to partnerships

Local enterprise partnerships will become integral to economic development under the Government's enterprise zones policy, says Alexandra Jones.

The era of in-between places

The next ten years will be the age of well-connected places that embrace growth, says Jon Rouse

Pro-growth bill could have reverse effect

Localism Bill may be less development-friendly than ministers think, says Richard Garlick

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Warning over neighbourhood regime

Warning over neighbourhood regime

The threat of developers bypassing residents' plans was among the issues that emerged at this year's Northern Growth Summit, says Richard Garlick.

City dealer

City dealer

Earlier this year, Liverpool broke ranks and enthusiastically embraced the government's city mayoral agenda. But did the city secure a good deal, Adam Branson asks its first executive mayor.

Streamlining supervisor

Streamlining supervisor

To ensure that Teesside's enterprise zone opened this month with eased planning rules, the director in charge of this process says its economic body had to work fast, reports Adam Branson.

Growth formula

Growth formula

Rather than castigate planners as a drag on the economy, the Scottish National Party vowed to use planning to boost economic growth after its election victory last May. John Geoghegan assesses its progress over a busy nine months.

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