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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.

Go-ahead for 65-hectare employment park on former Birmingham green belt site

Go-ahead for 65-hectare employment park on former Birmingham green belt site

Plans have been approved for a 65-hectare employment park on a former green belt site on the northern edge of Birmingham, despite a recognition that the scheme would have a "direct, permanent, adverse effect" on the landscape.

Green light for West Midlands link road works to 'unlock' business site

Green light for West Midlands link road works to 'unlock' business site

Plans have been approved for works to assist in the delivery of a new link road on the border between two West Midlands council areas, after planners advised that the scheme would 'unlock' an employment area for future development and provide wider regeneration opportunities.

Government's ten planned freeports could feature 'liberalised' planning environments

Government's ten planned freeports could feature 'liberalised' planning environments

The government has announced that ten new "freeports" will be created with the aim of boosting the national economy post-Brexit, and has suggested that they could include "liberalised planning laws".

Siemens' plans for 85,000 sqm train-building factory in Yorkshire given green light

Siemens' plans for 85,000 sqm train-building factory in Yorkshire given green light

Plans for an 85,000 square metre train manufacturing facility in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been approved after officers advised that the economic benefits of the proposal, including an estimated 700 new jobs, weighed in its favour.

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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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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.

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.


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