‘Give places the funding to rebuild’
Nigel Riglar says we need to aim for more than a simple recovery, as our problems are too pressing, and councils must respond collectively to make the case for greater funding.
Levelling-up: we’ve been here before and we need it to change
Levelling-up is not new, says Mike Palin. He argues we must get better at delivering sub-national economic growth, and he presents a six-point plan for what needs to change.
Coastal resorts face both challenges and opportunities
Additional Government funding is essential not only to support in-year budgets, but to 'ensure delivery of our regeneration ambitions does not falter, says Sheila Oxtoby.
Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery
The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.
Five compelling reasons why HS2East must be given same priority as HS2West
It is vital that the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North states categorically that HS2 east will be built concurrently with HS2 west, argues Cllr Judith Blake.
Towns and cities as a testbed for innovation
Tom Bridges and Siri Arntzen explain how testbeds can be successfully used to experiment our way towards the high streets of the future.
Basildon – back in business
Now is the time for a total reimagining of Basildon’s town centre, says Cllr Gavin Callaghan – and despite the ‘incredibly challenging circumstances’ he believes great things can be achieved.
Next stop: delivering homes and growth
The Government is looking for ‘shovel-ready capital projects’, says public corporation LCR. Peter Hawthorne and Nick Markham talk to Ann McGauran about how councils can work with them to deliver transformational schemes around train stations.
It’s time for all councils to be bold on housing regeneration
Sustainable regeneration and development can drive economic recovery post COVID-19 says Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth LBC.
COVID-19 - Community ownership should play a key role in local recovery
As we look to emerge from this crisis, supporting communities to take over ownership of local assets and public services represents an opportunity for positive change and is an operationally sensible approach, says Andrew Laird.
Let’s get realistic about getting back to ‘a new normal’
Simone Hines hopes that once the details are out of the latest round of COVID-19 emergency funding ‘the draft S114 notice can stay in the drawer for a bit longer’. She doesn’t want to think about the alternative for districts.
Reset for the UK’s high streets
The future is upon us and unless we understand the rapidly changing needs, our high streets will lose their purpose, says John Quinton-Barber - and the pandemic will accelerate much of the digital disruption we’ve seen over the last decade.
Coronavirus forces developers to down tools
Infrastructure and development projects are beginning to stall as construction firms cease work in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Budget 2020: If this is a national crisis it's one many of us felt was already underway
Local agendas should prevail, according to chair of SIGOMA Sir Stephen Houghton – but he says the headline capital aspirations in the Budget seem to harbour real ambition beyond already thriving areas.
Stockport is transforming itself into a world class town to complement its world famous neighbour – led by a council that’s at the cutting edge of local government.
Nottingham undaunted by Intu plight
The council has vowed not to let its partner’s financial troubles derail a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Morgan Sindall profits rise to £90m
Morgan Sindall’s partnership housing and regeneration operations have helped drive up profits in its results for the past year.
North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research
Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.
Jackie Sadek outlines how an ambitious extension to the market town of Biggleswade is set to transform the area and provide a template for planned communities supporting an existing town centre.
Westminster’s filling in nicely
Cllr Rachael Robathan reveals how Westminster City Council has employed creative solutions to deliver affordable housing in traditionally-complicated places.