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Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc needs national policy statement, say councils and businesses

Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc needs national policy statement, say councils and businesses

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 'should consider repurposing land to parks and playgrounds in weak town centres'

Councils 'should consider repurposing land to parks and playgrounds in weak town centres'

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.

Thames Estuary councils 'should be more ambitious in meeting London's housing need', says report

Thames Estuary councils 'should be more ambitious in meeting London's housing need', says report

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.

Kent airport development consent order application withdrawn

Kent airport development consent order application withdrawn

An application for a development consent order (DCO) to reopen a Kent airport as an air freight hub has been withdrawn just a month after it was submitted.

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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

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

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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Mayoral monitor: the planning progress made by England's metro mayors

Mayoral monitor: the planning progress made by England's metro mayors

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.

The planning standoff in the Sheffield city-region

The planning standoff in the Sheffield city-region

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.

Why the Greater South-East was the big Housing Infrastructure Fund winner

Why the Greater South-East was the big Housing Infrastructure Fund winner

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.

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.


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Local planners can help companies boost Brexit Britain, by David Marlow

Local planners can help companies boost Brexit Britain, by David Marlow

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.

Mayors are powerful new players in planning, by Richard Garlick

Mayors are powerful new players in planning, by Richard Garlick

Six significant new planning figures were created by last week's elections for city regional mayors.

Planning for post-Brexit wellbeing and quality of life, by David Marlow

Planning for post-Brexit wellbeing and quality of life, by David Marlow

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.

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

I recently contributed to a workshop where the Local Authority Chief Executive opened proceedings by posing a place making challenge in these terms.


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