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Will devolution get more homes built?

June 22, 2015 by LGiU

Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.

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Abstract synapses, body, health, mind

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Infrastructure Act 2015

April 9, 2015

This briefing provides for an overview and selective report of the Infrastructure Act 2015 which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. The changes introduced by this Act, most of which will come into force at a later date, are intended to make the delivery of a range of infrastructure…

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Planning: pre-general election special

March 27, 2015

After significant reforms to the planning system, the Coalition says ‘the planning system is delivering and land supply is coming forward’. But is it delivering places as well as houses? Planning must focus on more than just housing need, and stakeholders are keen to get this onto the election agenda.

Funding, housing, houses, building

The Elphicke-House report on housing delivery

February 24, 2015

The Elphicke report, "From statutory provider to housing delivery enabler" argues that councils should take on a more central role in enabling the delivery of new housing by a variety of providers. This briefing will be of particular interest to everyone with responsibility for housing, planning, finance and growth.

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shopping, high street, retail, regeneration

Policy implications of recent trends in the high-street/retail sector

January 15, 2015

The aim of the research published in this report, commissioned by BIS and published on 18 December 2014, is to understand how town centres are responding to broader trends in consumer behaviour and preferences, and to recommend policy responses to these trends.

Hedge maze, green space, planning

Update on public health and planning – Winter 2014

December 23, 2014

New reports relevant to local authorities have been published on physical activity (Public Health England), healthy-weight environments (the Town and Country Planning Association), active planning (Gloucestershire NHS), access to natural spaces (UCL Institute of Health Equity), environmental regulations (Healthy Places Forum) and global planning for health (Royal Institute of Town…

high street, retail, regeneration, shops

High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence

August 31, 2014

The Future High Streets Forum, a group of stakeholders and experts convened by Government in 2013 to advise on and champion policies to support high streets and town centres, has commissioned an evidence review on the issues affecting high street performance and competitiveness, carried out by the University of Southampton…

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