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Councils bidding for the government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund to revive their areas will be expected to show how they can make "full use" of their planning powers in their submitted proposals, a new government prospectus has revealed.
The Midlands is the biggest regional winner from a new £95 million government cash injection to revitalise heritage buildings in high streets across England.
The British Chambers of Commerce has written to the secretary of state to express 'deep concerns' about a council decision to review its own planning approval for the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport.
The government has invited 100 places across England to develop proposals to invest up to £25 million each to help "transform" their "economic growth prospects".
Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?
Three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum revealed to government that there were "places left behind", there has been no fundamental debate, let alone vision, about what future can be forged for Britain's medium-sized deindustrialised towns.
Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.
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Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.
The latest guidance is likely to mean councils having to be more rigorous in protecting allocated employment sites yet to be developed, says Chris Marsh.
This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?