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  • 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...

  • The Obstacle Race towards the new round of Europea...

    The starter gun has been fired for the obstacle race that is preparing for the next round of European Structural and Convergence Funds - sometimes better known as ERDF (for business support and infrastructure) and ESF (for training and employment support). Does it really matter? Well for individual localities in the UK it can. Under the current Structural Funds a total of €10.6 billion over 7...

  • Maximising the benefits of improved access to gree...

    This week has seen two news articles published on plans to create new parks and ponds to support biodiversity. Waste soil from the tunnels being developed for Crossrail is to be used to develop the biggest man-made nature reserve in Europe at Wallasea Island, Essex while the Million Ponds Project was launched by charity Pond Conservation with the aim to create half-a-million ponds in the UK to b...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Big Footprints? Measuring Corporations' Impacts

    We have probably all seen examples of multinationals being pilloried in the press for allegedly avoiding paying UK corporation tax. Some companies have responded by emphasising the jobs and wealth that they bring to the country. While using economic impact assessment in this defensive way has its place, there are actually a range of more positive ways in which companies can benefit from a robust...

  • 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...

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