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High street, town centres,

The future of the high street: Fewer products and more people

Earlier this year, a committee of MPs warned that major changes are needed to secure the future of town centres. David Edwards of Place-Make says there are reasons to be optimistic.
businesses surveyed, London Councils, infrastructure

Survey: Councils should be given more power to deliver infrastructure

According to research from London Councils and the LCCI, 80% of businesses surveyed support giving councils more freedoms to fund and build infrastructure.
Custom and Self Build, local plans, right to build

Analysis reveals local plans support custom and self-build housing

An analysis of all local plans across England, by the Right to Build Task Force has revealed that 58% of local planning authorities have,...
planning application,

Planning application submitted for new neighbourhood in Leicester

Parker Strategic Land has submitted an outline planning application for a new 1,200-home neighbourhood on the eastern edge of Leicester.
Housing Delivery Test, local authority, Lewes District Council

Lewes Council overturns government’s housing delivery test

The government has revised its Housing Delivery Test result for Lewes District Council following a successful legal challenge by the local authority.
Digital planning, planning system,

How the planning system can adopt new technologies to improve efficiency

James Harris and Stefan Webb discuss their collaboration looking at how the planning system can adopt new technologies to improve efficiency and free up planners to plan.
Boroughmuir restoration, CALA homes

Boroughmuir restoration to boost local economy, report reveals

The Boroughmuir restoration will include the redevelopment of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic school buildings and will bring over £45m of economic benefits to the local area.
Wellheads Road, new flats,

Ogilvie breaks ground on £30m Wellheads Road scheme in Aberdeen

Ogilvie Construction has begun construction on a new £30m scheme to provide 283 new flats on Wellheads Road in Dyce for Aberdeen City Council.
Bellamile, Ashford Local Plan,

Court rejects case against Ashford Borough Council’s Local Plan

The High Court has rejected an action brought against Ashford Borough Council by Bellamile Ltd opposing the Ashford Local Plan 2030.
England Enforcement Handbook,

RTPI secures funding to update England Enforcement Handbook

The MHCLG has announced that it will work in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to update the England Enforcement Handbook.
property developers,

New rules force councils to publish property developers spending

Local people will be able to see how every pound of property developers’ money, levied on new buildings, is spent supporting the new homes their community needs.
Housing delivery, local authorities,

Why are councils returning to direct delivery of housing?

Local authorities are providing housing again. Why is this, how is it being achieved and what could be done to support councils? Professor Janice Morphet of University College London discusses new research looking at these questions.
Local Plan, Cheshire West

Cheshire West and Chester adopt part two of its local plan

Cheshire West and Chester Council Members have adopted the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan (Part Two) presented to full Council.
SADPD, local plan, Cheshire East,

Cheshire East to consider next phase of its development plan

Councillors are to consider the next phase of Cheshire East’s development plan, which will provide the framework for housing, employment and other key infrastructure sites up to 2030.
Community-led housing, Planners, Community First Yorkshire, Royal Town Planning Institute

A guide to better planning for communities in England

A planner’s guide to help local authorities support more community-led housing development has been launched by Community First Yorkshire.
brocastle highway, Walters, welsh government,

Walters wins £10m brocastle highway contract

Walters has been announced as the principal contractor for the development of the £10m Brocastle Highway and Infrastructure works.
Affordable homes, East Dunbartonshire Council, hub West Scotland

Proposal for 87 new affordable homes in Kirkintilloch

Plans to build 87 affordable homes on the site of the former headquarters of East Dunbartonshire Council in Kirkintilloch have moved one step closer.
community hubs,

Glasgow to deliver £20m community hubs investment

Glasgow City Council has considered plans to deliver the first phase of new community hubs across the city, which is expected to cost £20m.
Custom House Quay, river clyde,

Plans revealed for £25m Custom House Quay transformation

Glasgow City Council are considering proposals for the £25m transformation of Custom House Quay, which sits on the north bank of the River Clyde.
Queen Street,

Aberdeen’s Queen Street transformation masterplan outlined

A programme of works for an ambitious residential-led mixed use development on Queen Street in Aberdeen is to be developed this summer.
BCMS, planning,

Plans revealed for £30m Bolton College of Medical Sciences

Plans have been unveiled for The Bolton College of Medical Sciences (BCMS), a state-of-the-art training facility that will go before Bolton Council’s planning committee next month.
regeneration of Pydar, PRP,

PRP to design outline planning for regeneration of Pydar

UK architecture firm PRP has been appointed by Cornwall Council to design the outline planning proposal for the regeneration of Pydar in Truro.

Place Plans give more power to planners and residents

Place Plans may not be the best known mechanism for community-led planning but their flexible, collaborative nature make them a valuable tool for planners and residents alike.
investment programme, Renfrewshire's roads,

£40m investment announced for Renfrewshire’s roads

Plans for a £40m investment programme to improve roads and footways in Renfrewshire have been announced.
local roads, ALARM survey,

Local roads target condition “still out of reach”

An increase in local authority highway maintenance budgets is stemming the decline in the condition of the local road network, according to the latest ALARM survey.
growth deal, Ayrshire,

Ayrshire celebrates £250m growth deal investment

A multi-million pound investment package to transform Ayrshire has been given the green light by three Ayrshire Councils and the UK and Scottish governments.

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