• Betts backs Homes England review

    15 April 2024

    Parliament’s housing committee chair has backed calls to remove some responsibilities from Homes England so the agency can focus on affordable housebuilding and regeneration.

  • How to build a healthy economy

    08 April 2024

    Social care, often seen as a millstone for councils facing financial challenges, has been turned into an opportunity by Stockton-on-Tees BC to create inclusive growth and tackle health inequalities all at once, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Homes England urged to strengthen relations with local government

    08 April 2024

    An independent review of Homes England has urged officials to 'build closer relationships' with councils.

  • Wakefield’s in-between spaces

    26 March 2024

    Wakefield’s Urban Greening Strategy sets out an ambition to transform the city centre by reconsidering the approach to using space between buildings. Mark Lynam explains.

  • Hopes for regen scheme revived after Home Office scales back asylum plan

    20 March 2024

    A £300m council-led regeneration scheme threatened when Whitehall commandeered the site for asylum accommodation could now go ahead after the plan was scaled down.

  • Partnership working is making major projects deliverable

    13 March 2024

    Great Yarmouth's core spending power has more than halved between 2010-11 and 2023-24, but it has been particularly encouraging to see the council's work with a range of partners on regeneration bearing fruit, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Has the levelling up agenda died or is it only resting?

    13 March 2024

    Levelling-up's recent political incarnation was designed to appeal to voters with a four-year attention span, says Heather Jameson. 'It was only a matter of time before the public noticed there was little life in the bird.'

  • Tees Valley councils to learn extent of financial risk from Teeswork scheme

    06 March 2024

    The financial risk faced by the five councils within the Tees Valley Combined Authority is set to be laid bare in top legal advice.

  • Getting Britain building again

    06 March 2024

    The Purposeful Finance Commission’s recommendation that businesses raise a target of £22.5m to help unblock urban infrastructure projects is an investment rather than a cost, says Tracy Blackwell.

  • Growth matters

    06 March 2024

    Tom Stannard talks to Ann McGauran about why strengthening local government’s economic development and regeneration role is crucial if the UK is to drive forward on growth.

  • Commission proposes plan for private sector to unblock planning system

    29 February 2024

    A report has called for the private sector to invest in a ‘pipeline fund’ aimed at clearing the planning backlog and boosting regeneration.

  • 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.

  • Big can be beautiful

    20 February 2024

    A new 6,000-homes community near Rugby is seen by its master developer as the way forward for tackling the housing crisis, as Michael Burton reports.

  • Economic growth with local talent at the fore

    20 February 2024

    With 22,000 civil service jobs moving out of London there are real opportunities for local authorities to work with the Government Property Agency to kickstart economic growth. Alan Whitelaw explains.

  • From 0 to hero on net zero

    20 February 2024

    Barnet’s latest Climate Scorecard rating shows what can be achieved in 18 months, including the creation of a citizens’ and young people’s assembly, writes Yogita Popat.

  • The search for the Holy Grail of growth

    19 February 2024

    In an exclusive interview, Lord Heseltine, the longstanding advocate of elected mayors, tells Michael Burton why powerful, devolved local government is essential for delivering the growth agenda.

  • A call for prioritising local economic growth

    14 February 2024

    In the case of councils in financial distress income-generation through a commitment to economic development must be explored, says Nigel Wilcock.

  • 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.

  • Putting assets in to active new uses

    02 February 2024

    Martin Guest and Alistair Chapman look at whether real estate can effectively address local authorities' funding gap.

  • Stockton’s winning digital formula

    31 January 2024

    Stockton BC scooped the digital transformation award at The MJ Awards for its innovative approach to creating quality education, health and care plans. Cllr Lisa Evans reflects on the achievement.