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.
What are the big debates going to be over the next parliament? What’s contentious? What’s high on the political agenda? This briefing considers what lies ahead for local government over the next period.
Making the university ‘anchor institution’ a reality: Towards more purposeful local government – university relations
This period presents an important opportunity for local authorities to deepen and broaden their relationships with local universities. There are significant benefits to be realised from a strong, purposeful, strategic approach - for LAs, universities, and for the areas and communities they both serve.
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…
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.
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.
This briefing summarises a House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee's report on air quality. This is the Committee's third report on air quality in the space of four years.
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.
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…
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…