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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.


single balloon in sky, air quality

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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Local Growth Deals and the Local Growth Fund

July 31, 2014

This briefing looks at the details and implications of the growth deals and the LGF allocations for local economic leadership in general, and for local authorities (LAs) in particular. Local authorities – especially members and officers responsible for LEP relations, economic development, and services (like planning, transport, skills) which make…


Boarded up closed pub

A call for councils to protect pubs

July 10, 2014 by LGiU

Claire Cain, CAMRA’s Campaigns Manager, writes about the importance of community pubs and the part that councils can play in keeping them open. This is a call from CAMRA to ask all councils to utilise available powers and tools to ensure local pubs in their communities are protected, as argued…


city at night, transport, road, night time economy

Emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic development

June 30, 2014

This briefing reviews emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic growth and development (LED). * A number of issues for Local Authorities' (LA) economic leadership are raised by recent LED developments. Notable among these are Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) formulation of strategic economic plans (SEPs) and EU structural…


Roads, transport, London, high street, bus, regeneration

Progress on the Government’s Roads Reform Programme

May 29, 2014

Summary • In July 2013, the Government published the Action for Roads Command Paper, setting out a series of proposals for roads policy to 2021, including the development of a Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and a proposal to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. • The Department for…


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