• How councils can reshape the future of high streets

    18 September 2020

    Local authorities—many of whom are landlords — now have a unique opportunity to regenerate and  transform our high streets for the future, say Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie.          

  • Housing MJ: The rebuild starts here

    30 August 2020

    Amid the gloom of the current housing crisis, Jackie Sadek says local authorities can take the lead in forging the partnerships that can help rebuild our homes and local economies.

  • Salford’s development partnership strengthens

    20 August 2020

    The pandemic has had a far-reaching impact, but the English Cities Fund and Salford City Council continue to deliver their long term vision for the city, says Phil Mayall.

  • Green recovery and growth should be the golden thread for counties

    18 August 2020

    Peter French says the devolution White Paper provides 'an opportune moment for the Government to empower places and give counties the powers and funding they need to level-up and ensure everyone everywhere has a bright future'.

  • On solid ground?

    18 August 2020

    Despite some interesting proposals, Sir Bob Neill has a mixed reaction to the latest planning White Paper and fears other areas of the housebuilding process need assessing first.

  • Building back the Thames Estuary

    10 August 2020

    The Thames Estuary can make a real contribution to the economy – but it will need the freedom to take a different approach, says Kate Willard.

  • Lancashire lays its foundations for recovery

    14 July 2020

    Lancashire CC and its partners are having a ‘decisive, honest and evidence-based conversation with Government’ aimed at moving the economy in the right direction, says Stephen Young.

  • Getting ready for the Towns Fund

    14 July 2020

    Mike Palin says five key areas of concerns remain about the Towns Fund bidding process – including a lack of clarity about the detail required in the first stage of submissions.

  • ‘Give places the funding to rebuild’

    07 July 2020

    Nigel Riglar says we need to aim for more than a simple recovery, as our problems are too pressing, and councils must respond collectively to make the case for greater funding.

  • Levelling-up: we’ve been here before and we need it to change

    25 June 2020

    Levelling-up is not new, says Mike Palin. He argues we must get better at delivering sub-national economic growth, and he presents a six-point plan for what needs to change.

  • Coastal resorts face both challenges and opportunities

    24 June 2020

    Additional Government funding is essential not only to support in-year budgets, but to 'ensure delivery of our regeneration ambitions does not falter, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery

    15 June 2020

    The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

  • Five compelling reasons why HS2East must be given same priority as HS2West

    08 June 2020

    It is vital that the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North states categorically that HS2 east will be built concurrently with HS2 west, argues Cllr Judith Blake.

  • Towns and cities as a testbed for innovation

    02 June 2020

    Tom Bridges and Siri Arntzen explain how testbeds can be successfully used to experiment our way towards the high streets of the future.

  • Basildon – back in business

    20 May 2020

    Now is the time for a total reimagining of Basildon’s town centre, says Cllr Gavin Callaghan – and despite the ‘incredibly challenging circumstances’ he believes great things can be achieved.

  • Next stop: delivering homes and growth

    19 May 2020

    The Government is looking for ‘shovel-ready capital projects’, says public corporation LCR. Peter Hawthorne and Nick Markham talk to Ann McGauran about how councils can work with them to deliver transformational schemes around train stations.

  • It’s time for all councils to be bold on housing regeneration

    15 May 2020

    Sustainable regeneration and development can drive economic recovery post COVID-19 says Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of  Wandsworth LBC.

  • COVID-19 - Community ownership should play a key role in local recovery

    11 May 2020

    As we look to emerge from this crisis, supporting communities to take over ownership of local assets and public services represents an opportunity for positive change and is an operationally sensible approach, says Andrew Laird.

  • Let’s get realistic about getting back to  ‘a new normal’

    24 April 2020

    Simone Hines hopes that once the details are out of the latest round of COVID-19 emergency funding ‘the draft S114 notice can stay in the drawer for a bit longer’. She doesn’t want to think about the alternative for districts.

  • Reset for the UK’s high streets

    01 April 2020

    The future is upon us and unless we understand the rapidly changing needs, our high streets will lose their purpose, says John Quinton-Barber - and the pandemic will accelerate much of the digital disruption we’ve seen over the last decade.