The New Towns are one of Britain’s great success stories. Despite creating hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities and popular places to live, too many New Towns have been left behind, with crumbling infrastructure and a lack of investment. How can their future be assured?
Although the possibility of a no deal brexit has fallen, it could still happen. This briefing sets out the likely consequences of no deal. It includes a summary of government preparations, with a focus on operation Yellowhammer.
The briefing reviews the seven Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) so far agreed with the Government and published. It considers the emerging approaches to the LIS and how far they will be an enduring major part of the sub-national economic growth landscape.
The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year. A full Budget is expected […]
The government has changed part of the National Planning Policy Framework relating to fracking following a defeat in the courts. This briefing outlines the implications of this change for planners and other local government professionals of this ruling.
How do local areas reconcile environmental needs with the industrial, commercial and residential development envisaged in Local Industrial Strategies? How do predominately rural areas pursue a modern industrial strategy? And how do mostly urban areas meet the government’s environmental expectations?
This briefing deals with what has been said so far about specific regional and sectoral impacts of Brexit; it concludes with a brief review of the meaning of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which has recently come to be considered as a serious policy option in the current debate.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Report: Energy efficiency: building towards net zero
This briefing deals with a report published by the Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Select Committee (the BEIS Committee) on the UK Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings. It covers policy in England and the Devolved Administrations.
This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.
What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.