• How can we plan for the future of urban regeneration?

    22 February 2024

    With public funding for development down and expectations up, Nick Walkley says the future of regeneration will need new forms of collaboration across sectors.

  • Is EV charging the new rural amenity?

    13 February 2024

     EV charging is part of the solution to sustain thriving, dynamic rural communities, according to Zest.

  • Place shapers wanted

    06 February 2024

    George Agyemang and Pete John of Penna share their experiences over the past few years on the leadership talent market for place, regeneration and growth, and have strong hopes for this year.

  • Rocket-booster for the UK’s economy

    06 February 2024

    Newcastle, ‘backbone of the UK economy’, is powered by unique natural assets and a drive to innovate that is fundamental to the future prospects of the UK and the wider world. Cllr Nick Kemp explains.

  • Why flood levy’s no longer affordable

    31 January 2024

    As places reel from the impact of recent floods, Cllr Paul Redgate says the Government must deliver a fairer and sustainable funding system for Internal Drainage Boards.

  • Oxfordshire’s green future: Failure is not an option

    22 January 2024

    Cllr Pete Sudbury looks at the key messages that came out of Oxfordshire CC’s recent 100 Together green finance conference.

  • NAO issues wake-up call

    17 January 2024

    The National Audit Office (NAO) chief’s warnings to Whitehall over governance are a wake-up call for councils too, the watchdog’s executive director Abdool Kara has said.

  • A brilliant new gateway: Brent Cross West station

    03 January 2024

    Barnet LBC had to overcome significant challenges to deliver London newest train station Brent Cross West, but the project, though daunting at times, was worth it, says Cath Shaw.

  • HS2 bill leaves Cheshire East at risk of s114

    15 December 2023

    Cheshire East Council could be left facing a section 114 notice unless it receives Government compensation for cuts to the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link.

  • Autumn Statement: Councils to be able to recover planning costs

    22 November 2023

    Councils will be able to recover the costs of business planning applications in return for being required to meet faster timelines, Chancellor says.

  • Levelling Up Fund allocated

    20 November 2023

    The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

  • Climate change: combatting fatalism

    13 November 2023

    Groundwork’s new strategy is one for a fair and green future in which people, places and nature thrive, says Graham Duxbury.

  • The next level begins

    08 November 2023

    Last month saw the Levelling Up Act receive Royal Assent, but what will that actually mean for local authorities? Martin Ford takes a look.

  • Adapting to London’s changing climate challenge

    30 October 2023

    London and its residents are already being impacted by climate change, says Cllr Kieron Williams. He shares some of the approaches being taken to ensure the city can continue to thrive.

  • Government advisers back fiscal devolution

    23 October 2023

    Fiscal devolution should be ramped up to enable local authorities to develop transport networks, according to the Government’s independent advisers on infrastructure strategy.

  • Aiding Scotland’s journey towards sustainable transportation

    12 October 2023

    Rory Alexander asks if the public sector can meet the demands of Scotland’s sustainable transportation strategy, and he looks at what the rest of the UK can learn.

  • Labour to tackle 'antiquated planning system'

    09 October 2023

    Labour has pledged to overhaul the planning system in a bid to ease the progress of infrastructure projects.

  • White van man on... infrastructure

    04 October 2023

    It’s just as well us Brits weren’t put in charge of building the pyramids.

  • Two answers to levelling up – but what’s the question?

    04 October 2023

    Heather Jameson says set aside the anti-city, anti-local government rhetoric - Rishi Sunak's plan to put cash into small towns will make a difference to how people feel about their place.

  • People want, expect and deserve change

    22 September 2023

    New research shows it’s clear that communities are still too painfully aware that our economy and democracy often do not work for them and their places, says Ryan Swift.