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  • ERDF at the Cross Roads?

    The 2007-13 English regional ERDF programmes are rapidly moving into a critical make or break phase. They have just two more years to invest what is still a significant amount of uncommitted money. The programmes have experienced very tough operating conditions having navigated through an intense recession which has fundamentally changed economic opportunities. Business growth and job creation o...

  • The UK’s Broadband Challenge May Be Bigger Than...

    This week OFCOM published data on fixed broadband availability throughout the UK. The headlines, not surprisingly “highlight that overall broadband performance is lower in areas of low population density, such as rural Scotland and Wales.” Taking the Ofcom approach at face value, this is true. But, from a policy perspective this is only part of the picture. Investment in broadband should not jus...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • UK City of Culture 2017, what any bidder should kn...

    The Government recently announced that it will launch a competition to find the UK’s City of Culture 2017. We welcome this continued commitment towards a competition which was launched following Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Here, we share our thoughts on what potential bidders might need to be thinking about before embarking on the process. We managed the bidding...

  • Housing: Alleviating a Demographic and Labour Mark...

    The debate about how we pay for the future costs of pensions and care for our increasingly ageing population is well advanced. But there is another debate yet to be had, in relation to long term decisions about housing provision. How to ensure an adequate future workforce for local businesses and economies should feature more prominently in debates about housing numbers up and down the country....

  • BDUK Gets Interesting

    I may be the first to say it, but I think the UK’s push for better broadband has just shifted into a much more interesting phase. The frustrating processes of developing broadband delivery plans, securing state aid clearance and negotiating procurement are nearly behind us. The Urban Broadband Fund is just now shifting from pilots into full roll out in candidate cities and, the clarity emerging...

  • 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...

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