• It's time to settle the Bill

    27 June 2022

    There is still time to alter the path of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill now going through Parliament, says Zoe Billingham. Ambition must be improved across the legislation, and a key principle is missing, she adds.

  • We need a more imaginative approach to local leadership

    27 May 2022

    District councils’ local knowledge and closeness to their communities could prove invaluable to levelling up if a more imaginative approach is taken to local leadership, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • New regeneration partner for Swansea

    27 May 2022

    Urban Splash has signed a 20-year partnership agreement with Swansea City & CC to become its long-term regeneration partner.

  • Putting people at the heart of place

    25 May 2022

    As Ilkley is named the best place to live in the UK, Jason Longhurst says Bradford City Council’s work with the town is part of a district-wide strategy that benefits people across the area.

  • Keeping risk away

    25 May 2022

    Kirsty Stanners explains how the Government is planning ways to prevent councils taking on high and disproportionate levels of debt.

  • Due diligence matters

    25 May 2022

    Due diligence should not be viewed as a ‘tick box’ exercise, but as a crucial decision-making tool, says Brian Ng. He outlines six considerations he believes are fundamental for councils to consider before making investment or funding decisions.

  • Boring not bad

    16 May 2022

    Sir Bob Neill says this wasn’t a Queen’s Speech packed with surprises, ‘but if dull means getting the job done, let’s welcome the dull’.

  • Queen's Speech: Levelling up bill unveiled for planning reform

    10 May 2022

    The Queen’s Speech has confirmed a levelling up Bill will include legislation on planning and regeneration reform.

  • England’s planning system is broken

    10 May 2022

    Tom Stannard sets out the scale of the regeneration challenge, including the vital need to improve transport connectivity – and he says an unreformed planning system represents a real threat to the Government’s levelling up agenda.

  • Telling London’s story

    02 May 2022

    There are votes to be had from ‘bashing the city’ and the story that levelling up has to mean taking resources away from London needs to be challenged. Ann McGauran reports from a panel discussion.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Kerslake backs new UK body to help rebuild Ukraine

    26 April 2022

    Lord Bob Kerslake has backed the idea of the UK setting up a publicly owned body to help rebuild Ukraine, but he believes it should be the country’s own people who take the lead on reconstruction.

  • Rhythms and rhetoric do not a devolution make

    20 April 2022

    There is still a long way to go before the Johnson Government’s devolution rhetoric feels like a reality, says Heather Jameson

  • Rebuilding Ukraine

    12 April 2022

    Emmet Regan looks at how Ukraine could be rebuilt, with the UK leading the way in post-war reconstruction and transformation, to offer a renewed sense of hope.

  • Mayor's meetings with contractors breached constitution

    11 April 2022

    Meetings between Middlesbrough’s Mayor and contractors over the council’s flagship regeneration project were against the council’s constitution, internal auditors have found.

  • Onwards and upwards for Coalville

    30 March 2022

    Regenerating Coalville became a corporate priority of North West Leicestershire DC in 2015. Despite some knocks along the way, it feels like the work of the council and others is starting to make difference, says James Arnold.

  • Creative way to fund investment

    30 March 2022

    Hayley Rees says the Government’s plans to overhaul the insurance industry’s regulatory framework should help long-term investors put billions into local regeneration.

  • Shaping a city for the future

    30 March 2022

    Emerging from tragic circumstances, Southend-on-Sea has achieved new city status on a platform of hard work, recovery, regeneration and investment. Andy Lewis celebrates the achievement.

  • 10 key ingredients of a successful regeneration project

    25 March 2022

    Lucy Webb looks at the aspects that make regeneration projects successful and says the common thread is ensuring local residents, businesses and stakeholders all have a voice in shaping proposals.

  • What makes a great levelling up project?

    10 March 2022

    As we look towards the second round of levelling up project applications, Anthony Everitt shares his thoughts on what a great scheme looks like and how to maximise chances of success.

  • Unlocking the Humber’s growth potential

    08 March 2022

    Krishanthi Carfrae explains how the public and private sectors are working together in the Humber to boost growth, tackle the biggest challenges including decarbonisation, and drive the levelling up agenda.