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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.

Plans approved for new Liverpool cruise liner terminal

Plans approved for new Liverpool cruise liner terminal

Plans have been approved for a new cruise liner terminal in Liverpool after planners concluded that the scheme's negative impacts, including a rise in air pollution, would be acceptable.

London mayor shortlists ten 'creative enterprise zones' proposals

London mayor shortlists ten 'creative enterprise zones' proposals

London boroughs hoping to create new 'creative enterprise zones' will have to demonstrate 'pro-culture' local plan policy support, the mayor's office has announced as it unveiled ten areas vying to host one of the new zones.

Yorkshire mayoral authority plans submitted to government

Yorkshire mayoral authority plans submitted to government

A proposal to create a single mayoral combined authority for Yorkshire with planning and compulsory purchase powers has this week been submitted to communities secretary Sajid Javid by 18 of the 20 councils across Yorkshire.

Plans submitted for 400-home Ashford mixed-use scheme

Plans submitted for 400-home Ashford mixed-use scheme

Plans have been submitted for up to 400 homes, a 600-space truck stop and 8.9 hectares of employment space on a 56.8-hectare site on the edge of Ashford in Kent.

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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.

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.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

Are we about to see the rebirth of regeneration, by David Marlow

A government review of 'regional focus' is widely rumoured to be complementing the higher profile reformulation of industrial strategy.

Where is the strategic planning fuel for the Midlands Engine (and Northern Powerhouse), by David Marlow

One of the signature moments at the launch of the 'Midlands Engine' prospectus for growth on Friday December 4th came when the leader of Derbyshire County Council challenged the secretary of state for business innovation and skills (BIS) - Sajid Javid. "Does government want the Midlands Engine to be Formula One or will it end up as 'Wacky Races'?"

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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.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

What the latest court setback for the government's air quality strategy means for planning

What the latest court setback for the government's air quality strategy means for planning

The government's air quality strategy has been faulted for doing too little to enforce European air quality standards in some areas. Applicants in 33 local authority areas can expect increased scrutiny and more demands for mitigation, say experts.

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.


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