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Surrey councils' new county-wide strategy identifies eight growth areas

Surrey councils' new county-wide strategy identifies eight growth areas

Surrey councils have identified eight growth areas in a new county-wide non-statutory strategic framework, which aims to guide the shape of emerging local plans.

Heseltine calls for a new government department to control planning

Heseltine calls for a new government department to control planning

A new government department for the English regions with control over planning should be created to drive forward the devolution agenda, according to a report by former Conservative deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine published today.

Brokenshire blocks Cheshire retail park plans over town centre viability concerns

Brokenshire blocks Cheshire retail park plans over town centre viability concerns

Plans for a retail park in Cheshire have been refused by the secretary of state on the grounds that the proposed development would undermine the viability of Stockport and Macclesfield town centres.

London mayor gives green light to plans for 600-home Olympic Park cultural quarter

London mayor gives green light to plans for 600-home Olympic Park cultural quarter

Plans for a major new cultural district at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which would become home to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the BBC, Sadler's Wells dance theatre and the London College of Fashion, as well as 600 homes, have been approved by the mayor of London.

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The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

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?

How to tackle deindustrialisation, by Cliff Hague

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.

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

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

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The Planning Awards: Best of the best

The Planning Awards: Best of the best

This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.

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


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

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

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

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?


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