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The government should produce a national policy statement (NPS) for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth arc, a strategic alliance of councils and businesses from the area has said.
Councils with economically weak town centres should consider 'repurposing vacant or poor quality retail for improved public realm such as playgrounds and parkland', a report by the Centre for Cities think-tank has recommended.
Joint spatial plans should be created in Kent and Essex to support the delivery of more than one million new homes and the area should take on more of London's housing need, a report by government adviser the Thames Estuary Growth Commission has recommended.
An application for a development consent order (DCO) to reopen a Kent airport as an air freight hub has been withdrawn just a month after it was submitted.
With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?
At very short notice I have been asked to assist the British Overseas Territories (OTs) of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with recovery planning post-Hurricane Irma.
The Department for International Trade's (DIT) evident pride in 'record levels of inward investment' to the UK in 2016-17 obscures some important trends.
- Planning Director JSM Associates London
- Planning Director, London JSM Associates London
- Project Manager (Minerals and Waste) Hampshire County Council Winchester, Hampshire
- Northern Arc Strategic Development Manager Mid Sussex District Council Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- Principal Planning Enforcement Officer East Riding of Yorkshire Council East Riding of Yorkshire
What progress have the mayors of England's combined authorities made on key planning issues in their first 12 months in office? Mark Wilding reports.
A dispute between the four local authorities that make up the Sheffield City Region is holding back significant powers for the newly elected mayor, writes Adam Branson.
Last week five of the UK's elected combined authority mayors joined forces to write to the Prime Minister to complain about the proportion of the government's recent £866m Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) allocation that was spent in London and the South East.
The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.
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.
Six significant new planning figures were created by last week's elections for city regional mayors.
With the housing white paper and the industrial strategy green paper, government set out clear strategic expectations on local government in general and planning services in particular.
I recently contributed to a workshop where the Local Authority Chief Executive opened proceedings by posing a place making challenge in these terms.