Finding local solutions to the challenges ahead
Councils are uniquely placed to convene and work with local and national partners to address the jobs and skills challenge as the economy opens up, says Sir Richard Leese.
Can local authorities still drive town and city centre regeneration?
Incentives such as the Levelling Up funding, combined with the long-term risk of falling business rates means that the potential, and need, for bold change cannot be ignored, says Jonathan Allen of Browne Jacobson.
A flexible future for workspaces and town centres
Brendon Walsh says that - while an increasingly hybrid approach to work will reshape our centres and high streets - use of permitted development rights and pivoting towards education and emerging industries can support regeneration.
Why Beeston’s blockbuster could spark many sequels
A state-of-the-art cinema is at the heart of the Beeston Square development in Broxtowe. Ruth Hyde says reinventing the retail past is not an option, and a ‘willingness to take sizeable risks’ was crucial.
More than £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals
The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.
We’re opening up to everyone
Fellowship Square in London’s Waltham Forest will bring life to the area, business to the shops and cohesion to the community, writes Martin Esom.
Five success factors for delivering a fair recovery
PwC has identified five success factors it believes are crucial to levelling up the UK, say Jonathan House and Ben Pykett. It’s time to take a broader approach to growth, they believe.
Wilmott Dixon aims to take advantage of levelling up funds
Building firm Willmott Dixon is ‘proactively’ working with local areas to take advantage of levelling up funds, the chief executive has said.
Pension funds urged to play levelling up role
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds could provide a £16bn boost to levelling up the country, according to a new report.
A new vision for Nuneaton
Mark Ryder and Dawn Dawson explain how a joined-up approach between authorities will transform Nuneaton town centre, bringing essential redevelopment and address regeneration in one of the most deprived areas in Warwickshire.
Income gap widest in deprived areas
The Office for National Statistics found the most deprived council areas have the biggest disparity between the wealthiest and poorest neighbourhoods.
Building back differently
Andrea George says a cohesive vision for reviving high streets and town centres calls for long-term public-private partnership and engaging with the community to shape detailed, tailored masterplans.
Levelling up needs long-term approach
A shake-up of local government funding is required to achieve a levelling up of the country, a new report has concluded.
MJ Housing: Getting the mix right
Since the 1970s, mixed-tenure developments have been seen as the key to creating cohesive communities, but it can only be done in partnership, writes Mike Auger.
Creating a shared city for all
Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021 and a Marmot City. Martin Reeves and Liz Gaulton explain how a sustainable, accessible and resilient city centre is being built, with a focus on health and wellbeing.
A threefold plan for high streets in Surrey
Regenerating high streets and towns after the tragedy of COVID-19 calls for a collaborative and fully inclusive approach that uses existing assets and reflects the distinct identity of each place, says Michael Coughlin.
A post-election checklist for metro mayors
Chief executive of Centre for Cities Andrew Carter looks at what metro mayors should focus on after the elections - and the list of priorities includes housing delivery.
Questions over impact of reorganisation on Levelling Up Fund
MPs have sought ‘clarity’ on priority rankings for Levelling Up Fund investment.
The UK Investment Bank: an opportunity for collaboration?
Sean Hanson of Local Partnerships says The UK Infrastructure Bank provides the opportunity to look further ahead, 'allowing the sector to work with the Bank to develop capability and capacity and help develop a real collaborative approach'.
The risks of Sunak’s freeports
The freeports policy is poised to be a main plank of the levelling up agenda. But there are concerns they could become hotspots for organised crime – risks that could lead to significant extra burdens for councils. Paul Marinko reports.