Solace Summit: Birmingham steps up in race to prepare for Commonwealth Games
Birmingham City Council has been praised for its role in preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Ikea-owned firm strikes deal with council to build ‘flat-pack’ housing
Bristol City Council has reached an agreement with a Scandinavian firm that will see 200 ‘flat-pack’ homes built in the city.
Delivering a compelling longer-term vision of place
In shaping an area-based agenda it's important to remember that place is made up of people as well as spaces, says Sheila Oxtoby.
Vinci replaces Interserve on multi-million pound York Guildhall project
Vinci has been brought in to complete a major restoration project following the departure of Interserve.
Tackle high street decline the right way
Research by Centre for Cities highlights the problem with improving high streets' cultural amenities without dealing with the economic fundamentals, according to Andrew Carter.
Refurbishment puts Fairfield Halls firmly at the heart of Croydon's regeneration
The reopening of Croydon's iconic Fairfield Halls after a multi-million pound refurbishment is an ambitious council project that is creating unique opportunities for people to experience and take part in the arts, says Paula Murray.
Putting community at the heart of decision-making
Cllr Jonathan Slater and James Lee talk to Ann McGauran about Lewisham LBC’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy strategy, and what makes it unique.
Lessons from the collapse of Bury FC
The sad demise of Bury FC will hopefully provoke a long overdue debate on how English football is governed, says Paul Wheeler.
Town deals cash not guaranteed
Some 100 places across England have been invited to develop plans for new multi-million pound town deals - but the cash is not guaranteed.
Lessons from Japan’s recovery plans
The 2019 Japan Local Government Study Tour looked at how the country plans for – and recovers from – emergencies. John Rooney was part of the tour. He explains how UK local government could learn from their approach
Not just about the money
Manchester City Council’s senior management team talks to Heather Jameson about its focus on working across silos to improve the life chances of all residents.
£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped
Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Time to wake up
Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.
Developer withdraws from multi-million Hove scheme
Crest Nicholson has withdrawn from plans to deliver a £50m leisure centre and new housing in Hove.
Regenerating Rochford’s high street
High streets everywhere are feeling the pinch, but Rochford is experimenting with new ways of increasing visitor footfall and engaging the community. Shaun Scrutton reports
Social enterprise can play a part in reshaping our high streets
Nicola Steuer explains how the School for Social Entrepreneurs and its partners are using a new form of grant funding called Match Trading aimed at focusing social enterprises and community businesses on growth
Evolution not decline
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.
Morgan Sindall seals £1bn venture with Brentwood
Brentwood BC has approved the formation of a £1bn joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments.
Councils looking for an example of how to transform their towns into vibrant areas for the 21st century can draw a great deal of inspiration from Roeselare, a town of 60,000 people in Belgium.
As the dust settles on the Conservative leadership announcements, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Rob Whiteman writes an open letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid hoping for bold, transformative action.