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.
Rebalancing the planning relationship
John Fuller is looking forward to seeing if housing minister Kit Malthouse's hints translate into solutions contained in the expected accelerated planning Green Paper.
Districts are ideally placed to shape the towns of tomorrow
As well as re-purposing town centres to create place-based experiences, district councils must also look to the future and the key role of innovation and technology, says Cllr John Fuller.
Don't ignore the work of the districts on social prescribing
When announcing new social prescribers the Government ignored the progress being made in district councils and has created a parallel competing bureaucracy, says Cllr John Fuller.
Spending Review must reward the importance of districts
In a post-Brexit world it will be vital to refocus on the importance of district councils in supporting residents and local economies, says John Fuller
Budget brought welcome support to district economies
The Budget brought welcome support to district economies, but we will need to look closely at the final Letwin review to ensure council's negotiating power on delivering homes is not bogged down in the need for primary legislation, says John Fuller
Government must commit to the long term future of NHB
Cllr John Fuller calls for powerful incentives to build more homes, develop more business parks and invest in modern infrastructure.
Districts' ability to invest in infrastructure is curtailed by borrowing caps
Cllr John Fuller argues for a new funding approach in the forthcoming spending review that retains current incentives as well as including a prevention precept.
Districts are the democratic gatekeepers to transformation
John Fuller on a new transformation toolkit launched by the District Councils' Network.
We need a level playing field between councils and developers
The Government’s recent launch of its revised strategy to tackle the housing crisis was well reported in the media, as were councils’ frustrations in their lack of powers to help build more homes people deserve.
The role of districts in social care cannot be overstated
District councils across England are focused on improving lives and solving problems, writes Cllr John Fuller
District voices are being heard in the transformation debate
Cllr John Fuller believes district calls for transformation to be driven by bottom up solutions are filtering through to parliamentary debate.
Housing is a national priority - don't discourage districts
Cllr John Fuller makes an impassioned plea to the Government not to reduce the new homes bonus, warning it would prevent planning authorities from playing their role in the Government's housebuilding agenda.
Planning has never been under more scrutiny by applicants and objectors
John Fuller lays out the District Councils' Network's planning demands.
Good health starts at the district level
John Fuller reveals plans to open a conversation with government and the NHS about ‘prevention precept’ that recognises districts' role in reducing demand in the care system.
Better lives, bigger economies
New District Councils' Network chairman John Fuller outlines his priorities for the coming year.