Penna view: The demand for levelling up talent is rising
As the focus on levelling up in amplified, Pete John says the demand to fill regeneration and place roles is high.
Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up
The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.
Starfish Talent 20 – People
In the second installment of the Starfish Talent 20, we put a spotlight on 20 leaders of the future, this time focusing on children’s and adult social care, education, communities and public health.
Welsh government confirms £5m town centre funding
The Welsh government has confirmed that £5m of loan funding will be made available to support the regeneration of town centres.
Let LEPs get on with a job we’re doing well
As we build our recovery, it would be a travesty to lose the capability of LEPs just when local communities and businesses need it most, says Mark Bretton.
Getting bid quality right
Using Oldham’s regeneration strategy as an example, Stephen Cox presents his guide to the three key themes he says should form the backbone of high quality bids for levelling up cash.
Third of most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund, research finds
More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.
Celebrating the past, learning from the present and driving to the future
The iESE Conference will celebrate the herculean efforts of the pandemic response but also share the future best practice for the sector, says Dr Andrew Larner.
Cranes, communities and the future of our economies
Henry Kippin and Pat Ritchie lay out the three lessons they have drawn from their shared determination to create inclusive economic growth in Newcastle and the North of Tyne.
How will neighbourhoods look post-pandemic?
As the country attempts to recover from the impact of COVID, ‘place’ is currently being prioritised. Kate Wilson says those with good local leadership and the best talent will emerge in the best position to cope with the economic fallout.
Putting the buzz back into our high streets
Stephen Cox looks at the changing face of the high street and town centres in a post-COVID world and says there is hope we are about to enter a period of real transformation.
Can I walk from here?
The opportunity to get investors and developers to think local has never been more compelling and potentially attractive now that we have learned to live ‘within’ our neighbourhoods, says Steve Quartermain.
Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston
Kingston RLBC learned lessons from its COVID response that will change both the jobs staff do in future and where those roles are based. Tessa Cole talks to Ann McGauran about ‘a real shift and disruption in working practices’.
Reset, Reform, Renew and Resilient – a prospectus for local placed-based recovery
A new Socitm prospectus drawing from more than 200 local authority recovery and regeneration strategies offers decision makers the help they need to sense check their plans, says William Barker.
Future Forum North: How do we put the heart back into local communities through place-shaping?
In a session organised by Capita, leading experts on regeneration discussed the future of town and city centres after the pandemic.
Croydon to keep hold of loss-making property development firm
Croydon LBC is expected to keep hold of its property development firm Brick by Brick after rejecting an offer from a ‘credible bidder’.
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.