• Evolution not decline

    06 August 2019

    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.

  • Grounds to be optimistic - but let's not get carried away

    06 August 2019

    Andrew Carter says there are reasons to be optimistic about an urban policy renaissance under this Government - but the most significant intervention Boris Johnson could do for cities is to agree a deal with the EU.

  • Kier dropped from major infrastructure project

    18 July 2019

    The construction firm’s role in the King’s Dyke crossing project has ended following discussions with Cambridgeshire CC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

  • Right time for the Western Powerhouse

    17 July 2019

    Lord Kerslake says the launch of the Western Powerhouse complements the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine and sets out a programme of action to address the growing inequalities between London and the wider South East and the rest of the UK

  • Harnessing the best of the West

    17 July 2019

    Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse

  • The South East can deliver just when the UK needs it most

    16 July 2019

    Productivity in the South East is the same as it was a decade ago, says David Covill. It’s a trend that needs to be reversed, he argues.

  • A Great Western Powerhouse is the 'missing piece of the jigsaw'

    09 July 2019

    The ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ for driving inclusive growth at scale is a Great Western Powerhouse waiting to happen, according to a landmark report launched yesterday at the House of Lords.

  • Brexit should not be an excuse for avoiding domestic issues

    27 June 2019

    The next PM should increase council funding, build homes where they are needed and improve urban transport, according to Andrew Carter.

  • Team Ignite keeps on rolling

    26 June 2019

    Luton BC was the host for the fifth leg of the LG Challenge. Chloe Newman and Ged Perkins outline how the contestants tackled the task of designing a plan to increase the customers arriving at the airport by public transport to at least 40%, and doubling passengers to 36 million a year

  • Team Ignite keeps on rolling

    26 June 2019

    Luton BC hosted the fifth leg of the LG Challenge. Chloe Newman and Ged Perkins outline how contestants tackled designing a plan to increase the customers arriving at Luton Airport by public transport and doubling passengers

  • Cities slam Government over clean air hold-up

    19 June 2019

    England’s two largest councils have blamed the government for ‘significant’ delays to their plans to introduce charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) to tackle air pollution.

  • ‘We need to evolve our model of the economy’

    18 June 2019

    Mike Emmerich says if housing, transport and education all ‘pile on pressure for success’ in some wealthy and well-connected areas and leave others behind, then ‘we really are facing a national policy failure’

  • Clearing the air – a moral duty

    18 June 2019

    Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram outlines the action the combined authority is taking to improve air quality and address the threat posed by climate change.

  • Switching focus to the carbon agenda

    18 June 2019

    Rob Barlow says that once Brexit has been put to bed, the focus needs to be on carbon reduction. Anticipated Government direction could include a raft of radically different planning policies,a tightening of building control regulations, and more.

  • We’re making Slough a springboard for the UK

    12 June 2019

    Centre for Cities research has identified Slough as the second largest contributor to UK GDP after London. Josie Wragg outlines how a strategic property partnership has been central to a long-term plan to transform the town

  • Reimagining Leeds’ hub regeneration

    05 June 2019

    Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM), is one example of how a city council is taking a forward-thinking approach, says Jamie Kerr.

  • £250bn and more devolution needed to tackle oncoming crisis

    28 May 2019

    The Government needs to invest £250bn and commit to devolution if it is to tackle the jobs, housing and environmental pressures on the horizon, a group chaired by local government stalwart Lord Kerslake has argued.

  • From jurassic to digital – the evolution of services

    15 May 2019

    As the new Dorset unitaries get underway, the sea-change in structure is matched by the new wave of digital technology. Against this backdrop, a group of top council chiefs met at a BT/The MJ round table to look to the future.

  • London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

    13 May 2019

    London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

  • Councils lose legal bid to halt Heathrow expansion

    01 May 2019

    The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.