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Green light for 7km Leicestershire bypass to unlock sites for 3,700 homes

Green light for 7km Leicestershire bypass to unlock sites for 3,700 homes

Councillors in Leicestershire have voted to approve a 7.1km bypass that aims to relieve congestion and open up two sites for 3,700 new homes and 20 hectares of employment land.

PINS accepts Derby road upgrade scheme for examination

PINS accepts Derby road upgrade scheme for examination

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has accepted for examination plans for three major roundabout upgrade projects on the edge of Derby which aim to deliver "regional development and growth" in the city and surrounding areas.

3.5km Hampshire bypass secures government approval

3.5km Hampshire bypass secures government approval

Plans for 3.5km bypass in Hampshire intended to boost the local economy and ease congestion have been approved by transport secretary Chris Grayling after a public inquiry last year.

Government to send in 'planning experts' to help councils revitalise high streets

Government to send in 'planning experts' to help councils revitalise high streets

"Planning experts" will be seconded to local authorities to help breathe life into struggling high streets and town centres, the government has said.

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City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

Brexit has dominated the UK news agenda, but scant attention has been paid to its impact on the EU, and the EU's capacity to address the kind of regional disparities that decided the 2016 referendum.

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

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How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

The government has backed proposals to revive joined-up growth arrangements for the Thames Estuary. But what does it mean for planning in the subregion, Adam Branson asks.

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Advice on assessments fills a gap in the guidance but fails to resolve key issues, say Cristina Howick and Richard Pestell.

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

The metro mayor talks exclusively to Planning on negotiating infrastructure funding with central government, housing numbers and development corporations

Policy Summary: Government requirements for local industrial strategies

Policy Summary: Government requirements for local industrial strategies

POLICY: Local Industrial Strategies - Policy Prospectus.


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Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

The word 'ambition' has been used a lot in recent months, particularly in relation to the growth deals being negotiated between the government and local authorities.

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

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?

Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

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.

Pride can come before a fall, by David Marlow

Pride can come before a fall, by David Marlow

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.


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