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CBI warns over 'widening gap' between English regions on infrastructure decision-making

CBI warns over 'widening gap' between English regions on infrastructure decision-making

There is a 'widening' gap between English regions where 'devolution and collaboration' on transport infrastructure decision-making is occurring and those areas where it is not, a report by business lobby group the CBI has said.

How the NPPF revisions change the system, Part 15: Economic development

How the NPPF revisions change the system, Part 15: Economic development

Now updated and expanded, this section in our series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) looks at the revised policies on economic development and employment uses and examines responses to their introduction from key sector organisations. [Updated 13/9/18]

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.


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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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