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Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Four of England's directly elected city-region mayors shared a stage at the UK government pavilion at last week's Mipim international property fair in Cannes. Here are six key messages that emerged from what they said.

Spring Statement: Hammond pledges £717m housing infrastructure cash

Spring Statement: Hammond pledges £717m housing infrastructure cash

The chancellor has unveiled a raft of funding pledges for housing and infrastructure, including £717 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support the delivery of homes at sites in London and Cheshire.

Think tank calls for creation of outer London spatial strategy to tackle poverty

Think tank calls for creation of outer London spatial strategy to tackle poverty

A separate spatial strategy for London's outer boroughs should be produced to help tackle rising levels of poverty, according to a report published today by a think tank.

New employment need guidance could be complicated by standard method impact, consultant warns

New employment need guidance could be complicated by standard method impact, consultant warns

Updated government planning guidance provides new advice on how councils should gather data to help plan for business requirements, but a consultant has warned that such assessments may be complicated by the need to plan for much higher housing targets under the new standard method.

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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.

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

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?

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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.

Policy Summary: The government's plan for strengthening Local Enterprise Partnerships

Policy Summary: The government's plan for strengthening Local Enterprise Partnerships

POLICY: Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Why sector remains worried by new NPPF's reduced focus on employment

Why sector remains worried by new NPPF's reduced focus on employment

While new policy support for the logistics sector has been welcomed, economic development observers are concerned that employment objectives have been diluted in last month's revised National Planning Policy Framework.


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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.

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.


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