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Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.

Plans unveiled for new 12,500-seat Gateshead entertainment venue

Plans unveiled for new 12,500-seat Gateshead entertainment venue

Plans have been revealed for a new 12,500-seat entertainment arena, conference and exhibition centre on a four-hectare brownfield site on the banks of the River Tyne at Gateshead.

Plans submitted for Manchester Piccadilly Gardens revamp

Plans submitted for Manchester Piccadilly Gardens revamp

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens, including the replacement of the park's existing brutalist pavilion building with a larger structure featuring a new covered open space.

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Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

News that England's 'fastest-shrinking' district is proposing a housing target of 133 homes a year in its draft planning blueprint, despite latest official projections suggesting a loss of households over the plan period, features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

The Institute of Economic Development's first northern conference took place in Manchester on Wednesday. Here are five things we learned about planning, economic development and devolution at the event.

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

In the second of a series of columns exploring the planning priorities of leading candidates in the upcoming city region mayoral elections, Zoe Ensor, a partner at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, looks at Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Tees Valley.

How mayoral campaigns are buffeting Manchester's city-region plan

How mayoral campaigns are buffeting Manchester's city-region plan

Greater Manchester's planning blueprint faces some significant hurdles, following concerns expressed by the front-runner for the conurbation's mayoralty and pressure from councillors to pull out of the process entirely.


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