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A cross-party Parliamentary group focused on planning in London has announced it is setting up a taskforce to examine the challenges facing the capital's "neglected' suburbs, which will include consideration of issues around urban density.
BUDGET 2020: A £27 billion investment in Britain's strategic road network, including funding for the Lower Thames Crossing and a tunnel running past Stonehenge, will 'unlock new areas for housing growth' and pave the way for 'hundreds of thousands' of new homes, the government has said.
BUDGET 2020: The government has announced that it is "pausing further development" of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, according to documents published alongside the Budget.
BUDGET 2020: A directly-elected mayor with "significant" new planning powers will lead a new West Yorkshire combined authority from May 2021, it was announced in the Budget.
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?
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.
Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.
- Senior Specialist – Local Plan (Principal Policy Planner) Maldon District Council Maldon, Essex
- Project Officer - Planning Exeter City Council Exeter, Devon
- Senior Planning Officers North Lincolnshire Council North Lincolnshire
- Planner- Principal Planner (Career Grade) London Borough of Bexley Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
- Forward Planning and Economic Growth Team Manager Mansfield and Ashfield Shared Service Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham
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.
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.
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.
This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.
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.
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.
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.
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?