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  • Super Fast Trains & Super Fast Broadband

    I’ve been struck in the last 24 hours by the comparisons being made between HS2 and the government’s other flagship infrastructure investment in superfast broadband. £530m has been allocated through BDUK to local partnerships across the country while HS2 is going to cost £33bn for its first phase alone connecting Birmingham and London, with the first trains not running until 2026. Whilst there h...

  • Tips for a Successful R3 RGF bid

    Last week the £1 billion Round 3 of the Regional Growth Fund was launched. With a deadline of 13th June, those interested in bidding will need to gear up quickly. Regeneris supported a number of Round 1 and Round 2 bids, with our successes including a £4 million bid for the North West Aerospace sector, a £26 million Hull and East Riding Renewables Sector Development programme bid (see here) an...

  • Seven Sins in Economic Impact Assessment

    Tim Fanning offers some helpful advice on some of the issues which, if not carefully considered and managed, seriously undermine the robustness of economic impact assessments. Are there other issues that you would add? If so please provide a comment. We recently presented at an RTPI planning conference on the key issues in economic impact assessments. Given the strong emphasis on economic grow...

  • LEPs – Choose Your Targets Wisely

    LEPs across England are currently engrossed in drafting their Strategic Economic Plans, counting down the five remaining weeks until submission.  Each plan will have a set of local economic targets which will help to focus and drive LEP activity, and on which the future performance of the LEP will be judged.  In setting targets, LEPs need to choose wisely, and to learn lessons from their predece...

  • Turbine Manufacturers are the Key for Offshore Win...

    Offshore wind developers have taken a lot of flak in recent years about the relatively low level of UK economic content in the construction phases of their offshore wind farms.  However Regeneris’ experience from numerous economic impact assessments of schemes suggests that this criticism is to a large extent misplaced. Offshore wind is a high priority for the UK Government, both in hitting re...

  • Have PPI Payments Boosted the UK Economy?

    Despite falling real wages, the UK consumer has been driving the UK’s economic recovery Although forecasters have been busy upgrading their expectations for UK GDP growth, some have voiced concerns about the sustainability of the recovery. Consumer expenditure (and the housing market) has clearly played a large part in driving growth despite real hourly wages having actually fallen.  Indeed, G...

  • Are Wind Farms a Threat to Visitor Economies?

    The relationship between large scale wind farms and the visitor economies surrounding these developments has been in the news again! It’s been an important issue at the on-going conjoined public inquiry for a number of proposed wind farms in Mid Wales (five schemes with a combined generating capacity of over 400MW), with the local authority and many stakeholders in the tourism sector concerned a...

  • Generation Rent or Generation Share?

    The term “Generation Rent” has been much bandied around of late. The implication is that somehow young people are being forced to live in rented accommodation (“bad”) rather than own their home (“good”). Home ownership is of course a particularly British phenomenon. It is much more commonplace to rent in other European countries. Young people tend to be reactively mobile and their housing need...

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