Putting community at the heart of decision-making
Cllr Jonathan Slater and James Lee talk to Ann McGauran about Lewisham LBC’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy strategy, and what makes it unique.
Lessons from the collapse of Bury FC
The sad demise of Bury FC will hopefully provoke a long overdue debate on how English football is governed, says Paul Wheeler.
Town deals cash not guaranteed
Some 100 places across England have been invited to develop plans for new multi-million pound town deals - but the cash is not guaranteed.
Lessons from Japan’s recovery plans
The 2019 Japan Local Government Study Tour looked at how the country plans for – and recovers from – emergencies. John Rooney was part of the tour. He explains how UK local government could learn from their approach
Not just about the money
Manchester City Council’s senior management team talks to Heather Jameson about its focus on working across silos to improve the life chances of all residents.
£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped
Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Time to wake up
Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.
Developer withdraws from multi-million Hove scheme
Crest Nicholson has withdrawn from plans to deliver a £50m leisure centre and new housing in Hove.
Regenerating Rochford’s high street
High streets everywhere are feeling the pinch, but Rochford is experimenting with new ways of increasing visitor footfall and engaging the community. Shaun Scrutton reports
Social enterprise can play a part in reshaping our high streets
Nicola Steuer explains how the School for Social Entrepreneurs and its partners are using a new form of grant funding called Match Trading aimed at focusing social enterprises and community businesses on growth
Evolution not decline
Sheila Oxtoby says that while there is much talk of the decline of the traditional high street, the current changes are just the most recent developments in the ongoing evolution of the town centre.
Morgan Sindall seals £1bn venture with Brentwood
Brentwood BC has approved the formation of a £1bn joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments.
Councils looking for an example of how to transform their towns into vibrant areas for the 21st century can draw a great deal of inspiration from Roeselare, a town of 60,000 people in Belgium.
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 cannot afford to take no for an answer
Louise Round says Tandridge DC was not 'one of the lucky 50' to get through to the second round of the Future High Streets funding round. She hopes Government will not make the second stage disproportionately difficult for councils to take part in.
Promised housing cash withdrawn
Millions of pounds of housing investment announced with great fanfare by the Government has been withdrawn.
Sovereign Centros appointed to £400m Hertfordshire development
Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC have selected Sovereign Centros as their development partner for a £400m development.
Making cities emotionally intelligent places
Europe’s first ‘urban psychology’ summit looked at how we might make cities that better help people develop from pre-birth onwards. Chris Murray outlines the key points from the agenda-setting event.
Bring it on – give it to us
James Jamieson is the newly-elected chairman of the Local Government Association. He talks to Heather Jameson about his priorities. He wants councils to have ‘not just the responsibility, we want the resources and the responsibility’
Worthing agrees modular housing deal with Swedish firm
A Swedish modular homebuilder has secured its first agreement in the UK for a decade with Worthing BC.