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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...

  • Are Low Skilled Adults The Real Lost Generation?

    All the media attention in recent months has been on tuition fees, and warning of the potential dangers of a lost generation. At the other end of the spectrum, there has been very little said about the changes being made to the adult skills agenda. Unlike tuition fees, these changes haven’t been greeted with riots outside Westminster, but could rapidly undo the years of gradual progress achieved...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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