The metro mayor talks exclusively to Planning on negotiating infrastructure funding with central government, housing numbers and development corporations
Four of England's directly elected city-region mayors shared a stage at the UK government pavilion at last week's Mipim international property fair in Cannes. Here are six key messages that emerged from what they said.
Funding decisions made by the government's housing agency for England will complement promised planning changes in encouraging a greater diversity of housing types on large sites, the Mipim property conference heard last week.
Five places across England have been picked as exemplars of high quality plan-led place-making, in a programme jointly run by the Local Government Association and built environment professional bodies.
A £68 million infrastructure funding package agreed as part of the Greater Manchester housing deal has been withdrawn by the government following the publication of lower housing targets in the city region's draft spatial framework.
While national politicians and London mayor Sadiq Khan were absent from this month's Mipim property conference, several English metro mayors took the opportunity to promote their city regions.
Will the recently published independent evaluation of the options for meeting Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall help authorities resolve the issue, asks Richard Garlick.
For all of his tough talking, communities secretary Sajid Javid has yet to decide to take plan-making responsibility away from any of the 15 councils that he identified in November as potential targets for intervention.
First off, torrential rain, brutal head winds and steep gradients faced the peloton of property professionals who cycled from the UK to last week's MIPIM property festival in Cannes, but Diary is told the final stages made the pain worthwhile.
Birmingham City Council intends to push up its housing target for the city from 51,000 to 58,000 homes between 2011 and 2031 as a result of recent initiatives to intensify development.