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Plans approved for 12,500-capacity Gateshead entertainment venue and conference centre

Plans approved for 12,500-capacity Gateshead entertainment venue and conference centre

Plans have been approved for a 12,500-capacity entertainment arena, a conference and exhibition centre and a hotel on a car park site in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, despite recognition from planners that the scheme would be likely to result in "significant" demand on the local roads network.

Go-ahead for 205,500 sqm employment scheme on unallocated green belt site despite 'significant' environmental impact

Go-ahead for 205,500 sqm employment scheme on unallocated green belt site despite 'significant' environmental impact

Plans have been approved for a 205,500 square metre logistics scheme on an unallocated green belt site on Merseyside, despite a recognition from planners that the development would see the loss of "significant areas of established and protected woodland".

Inspector overturns Milton Keynes's refusal of employment scheme on 57-hectare allocated site

Inspector overturns Milton Keynes's refusal of employment scheme on 57-hectare allocated site

A planning inspector has allowed an appeal against a council's refusal of plans for a 241,500 square metre warehousing and industrial scheme on a 57-hectare allocated site, after concluding that concerns about heritage, transport and biodiversity impacts had been addressed.

Government refuses to commit to future of stalled Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

Government refuses to commit to future of stalled Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

The government has refused to commit to the future of the stalled Oxford to Cambridge Expressway scheme, saying only that it is "prioritising" its approach to delivering the "necessary transport infrastructure" in the area, but promised an update on the position of the project "in due course".

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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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How We Did It: Preparing a statement of common ground for Liverpool’s city-region

How We Did It: Preparing a statement of common ground for Liverpool’s city-region

A history of planning collaboration between six local authorities was key to the wider city-region preparing its statement of common ground, Mark Wilding reports.

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Why is the government proposing to set up freeports in the UK and what changes to planning rules are envisaged to help them function effectively? By Robbie Owen.

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

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.

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

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.


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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?