• Grounds to be optimistic - but let's not get carried away

    06 August 2019

    Andrew Carter says there are reasons to be optimistic about an urban policy renaissance under this Government - but the most significant intervention Boris Johnson could do for cities is to agree a deal with the EU.

  • Collaboration is the default way in Herts

    25 July 2019

    Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC are moving towards final approval process on a £400m scheme to create a new town centre at Brookfield Riverside. Scott Crudgington and Jeff Stack discuss the key elements of the close collaboration.

  • West Midlands scrap plans for business rates hike

    24 July 2019

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has ruled out a rise in business rates for the region.

  • Dear Chancellor

    24 July 2019

    As the dust settles on the Conservative leadership announcements, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Rob Whiteman writes an open letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid hoping for bold, transformative action.

  • We need to invest in community action to deliver on environmental promises

    23 July 2019

    Graham Duxbury says Michael Gove’s recent speech on the Environment Bill missed out the education, infrastructure and peer pressure that’s needed to make change happen.

  • Kier dropped from major infrastructure project

    18 July 2019

    The construction firm’s role in the King’s Dyke crossing project has ended following discussions with Cambridgeshire CC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

  • MPs: Government waste strategy overly-prescriptive

    17 July 2019

    The Government’s proposed waste strategy is ‘overly-prescriptive’ and local authorities should be given the freedom to tailor their approach, MPs have said.

  • Harnessing the best of the West

    17 July 2019

    Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse

  • Promised housing cash withdrawn

    16 July 2019

    Millions of pounds of housing investment announced with great fanfare by the Government has been withdrawn.

  • The South East can deliver just when the UK needs it most

    16 July 2019

    Productivity in the South East is the same as it was a decade ago, says David Covill. It’s a trend that needs to be reversed, he argues.

  • £65m Growth Deal is 'game-changer' for Moray

    12 July 2019

    Moray has secured £65m for its Growth Deal in an agreement that has been heralded as a ‘game-changer’.

  • Sovereign Centros appointed to £400m Hertfordshire development

    05 July 2019

    Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC have selected Sovereign Centros as their development partner for a £400m development.

  • ‘We need to evolve our model of the economy’

    18 June 2019

    Mike Emmerich says if housing, transport and education all ‘pile on pressure for success’ in some wealthy and well-connected areas and leave others behind, then ‘we really are facing a national policy failure’

  • Jobs cull for Kier

    17 June 2019

    Kier Group is to cut around 1,200 jobs and make savings of £55m over the next two years amid a planned sell-off of many of its commercial interests.

  • Pensions Infrastructure Platform optimistic despite Brexit

    14 June 2019

    A vehicle designed to encourage council pension schemes to invest in UK infrastructure will not launch a fresh fund this year but remains optimistic.

  • We’re making Slough a springboard for the UK

    12 June 2019

    Centre for Cities research has identified Slough as the second largest contributor to UK GDP after London. Josie Wragg outlines how a strategic property partnership has been central to a long-term plan to transform the town

  • Municipal bond grants launched

    04 June 2019

    Grants to help councils invest in a new type of municipal bond for funding environmentally-friendly, low-carbon infrastructure projects have been launched.

  • White Van Man on... public inconveniences

    28 May 2019

    I parked the motor the other day to make a visit to a public khazi.

  • Delivering on the cities challenge

    08 May 2019

    Cities face the huge task of boosting their economies and creating places where all can thrive post-Brexit. Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest cities joined a round table debate with PwC and Core Cities to discuss progress.

  • Northern Power Towns have found a voice

    30 April 2019

    Several key towns along the M6 corridor should be brought together to co-ordinate their planning and development, because they have a crucial part to play in the Northern Powerhouse story, says Steven Broomhead