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Interim body paving way for East Midlands development corporation to begin work 'in next few weeks'

Interim body paving way for East Midlands development corporation to begin work 'in next few weeks'

An interim vehicle paving the way for the proposed government-backed development corporation charged with planning a new community of up to 4,500 homes and two other major sites in the East Midlands will begin work "in the next few weeks", the corporation has said.

The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

Newly selected freeport areas could be used by local authorities and Whitehall to test “unique” planning freedoms, suggest commentators, but they highlight several key challenges for councils in making effective use of the proposed relaxation of planning rules.

Locations of eight new ‘freeports’ revealed

Locations of eight new ‘freeports’ revealed

The sites of eight new English freeports to benefit from relaxed planning rules have been revealed in today's Budget.

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".

Ports to get permitted development rights expansion under government's 'freeports' plan

Ports to get permitted development rights expansion under government's 'freeports' plan

Ports will be given the same permitted development rights as airports by April next year and the use of local development orders (LDOs) in such facilities will be "encouraged", the government has announced in a consultation response on its freeports initiative.

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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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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.

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.

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.