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  • Preparing for CIL : the Need for a More Rounded Ap...

    Last week’s Planning article on the first wave Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules (Variable Rates, pp20-21) makes for interesting reading. A lot of the discussion in recent months has been on the scale of the levy to be charged and the article summarises the different rates being proposed across the six most advanced CIL areas. These include a proposal for a £70/m2 flat rat...

  • Warning: the environment can seriously improve you...

    In the last week two major publications have appeared: the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) and the Natural Environment White Paper. The NEA is the world’s first attempt to place a monetary value on the natural environmental at a national level.  There isn’t space to do justice to this monumentally vast (2,000 page!) document. But it is worth looking at its main findings and the implicatio...

  • BDUK Round 2 Reflections and Forward Look

    The dust is now settling on the latest announcement from the second round of BDUK announcements . Congratulations clearly due to the winners and commiserations (for now) to the losers. The three winners  are now starting the hard work of turning their bids into concrete plans which attract private sector interest and command what looks like some substantial leverage. Exact figures will be finali...

  • New Enterprise Zones – worth all the fuss?

    The dust has settled a little after the 2011 Budget and what’s happening about Enterprise Zones has become a little clearer. I’ve had a good look at the EZ Prospectus published by DCLG and read between the lines (see http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1872724.pdf). What’s the scale of EZs this time round? The Government has announced that there will 21 EZs in England...

  • Is the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund really a riot r...

    Last week the GLA and the Mayor of London launched London’s new Regeneration Fund; a direct response to the August riots pledging “£70m towards major long term improvements to the damaged town centres and high streets. The fund is focused both on the boroughs affected, and where there is potential to drive growth and prosperity.” Funding has been allocated to 8 areas, with the most significant i...

  • CIL – The Current State of Play

    In August we published our first blog on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). With four local authorities with CIL either implemented or approved (London Borough of Redbridge, Newark and Sherwood, Shropshire and Portsmouth) and several others with draft charging schedules going through the consultation and approval process, the detail of future developer contributions is now starting to take...

  • 39 LEPs to growth?

    Local Enterprise Partnerships or LEPs have now been with us for a couple of years – the Coalition’s big idea on local economic development and growth. As we enter 2013 what does their report card look like and, more importantly, what is their future? Responsibilities but no resources One of the Coalition’s first acts was to abolish the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). They were liked in...

  • EU Structural Fund Allocations: who are the winner...

    Last week’s Ministerial Statement gave us our first view of how the 2014-20 EU Structural Funds for England are set to be shared out over 6 years amongst England’s 39 LEPs.  This is a big deal for the LEPs.  The sums involved far exceed the Growing Places Fund and Regional Growth Fund, and they are seen as an important resource to back the emerging LEP investment and growth strategies.   So wh...

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