• Infrastructure services unit sale completes

    05 May 2021

    M Group Services has completed the acquisition of Skanska UK’s infrastructure services operation.

  • Trio drop out of flagship fund

    30 April 2021

    Three local authorities have now dropped out of the Government’s flagship Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), it has emerged.

  • The UK Investment Bank: an opportunity for collaboration?

    20 April 2021

    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'.

  • Tight timescales force grant rejection

    12 April 2021

    A new garden village featuring more than 2,000 homes has been thrown into doubt after Rutland CC turned down £29.4m it had bid for successfully.

  • Seizing the opportunity

    18 March 2021

    Local authorities are setting their own devolution agenda, showing there’s no need to wait for the White Paper to push ahead, argue Jonathan House and Ben Pykett of PwC.

  • Future Forum North: A clear vision is key to the future success of towns and cities

    18 March 2021

    A clear vision for local places will be key to the success of high streets and city centres as they look to the future beyond the pandemic, say public realm experts.

  • Future Forum North: Collaboration key to levelling up

    17 March 2021

    City council chief executives made a united call for a collaborative approach to levelling up at The MJ's Future Forum North today.

  • Levelling up risks becoming less than the sum of its parts

    08 March 2021

    There is always political appetite for short-term infrastructure projects, but we need transparency and transformational change to level up, says Zoe Billingham.

  • BUDGET 2021: Leeds named as site of new infrastructure bank

    03 March 2021

    The new national infrastructure bank will be based in Leeds, chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed alongside other announcements badged under the Government’s levelling up agenda.

  • The chancellor must go beyond warm words

    02 March 2021

    Director of IPPR North Sarah Longlands poses three core questions for chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of this week's Budget, including: 'Who does he want to 'level up'?

  • Put climate change at the heart of building back, say MPs

    17 February 2021

    Climate change needs to be at the heart of the government’s plans to build back the economy after COVID-19, MPs have declared.

  • Back to the future for Big Bang of the North

    17 February 2021

    A new study on levelling up the North sounds like a return to urban development corporations, says Michael Burton.

  • Think-tank launches levelling up Big Bang theory

    15 February 2021

    The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

  • Turning housing numbers into communities

    02 February 2021

    The pandemic has shown that collaboration between county and district councils yields results, and they must also be capable of coming together to create the step change we need in how we turn housing numbers into communities, says Joanna Killian.

  • White van man on... HS2

    13 January 2021

    We start 2021 to the crashing of shutters pulled down on shops forever, pubs boarded up, their beer poured down the khazi, high streets a barren wasteland of tumbleweed, the country bankrupt and yet as we scratch around for the last cabbages on the shelves now all the grub’s stuck at Calais, you can be sure of one thing – HS2’s barrelling ahead.

  • Jenrick announces delayed £830m high street investment

    04 January 2021

    The Government has finally announced the 72 areas that will benefit from millions of pounds of funding as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.

  • A good port in a storm?

    07 December 2020

    Rishi Sunak says freeports will cut red tape and taxes for UK businesses. But are they the right cure for economically ailing places? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Guiding freeport proposals in the Thames Estuary

    07 December 2020

    Kate Willard and Perry Glading outline the Thames Estuary Growth Board’s guiding principles for freeport proposals, based on six key areas.

  • A mixed bag for councils

    02 December 2020

    While Sir Bob Neill says there was much in the Spending Review to applaud, ‘what’s ultimately needed is a complete repair job of local government finance’.

  • Live Local Plan Monitor provides an up-to-date snapshot

    01 December 2020

    Carter Jonas’ Live Local Plan Monitor is 'a unique web-based resource which provides comprehensive information on adopted plans, emerging plans, consultations and councils’ housing supply' says Peter Canavan.