As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…
Production costs, their impact on the viability of housing development, and the implications for supply and affordability of new dwellings, are one of the most important issues currently affecting the housing sector. This briefing further considers that theme with the benefit of information and insights in the SCSI report.
Parks and other green space help people maintain their health and enjoy better lifestyles. But during the pandemic, some people are enjoying far greater access to green areas than others. We consider what councils can do to create not just more green space but greener communities.
Away from intense public scrutiny in recent years, there have been significant developments in the youth justice system including a reduction in youth crime but also a significant increase in youth reoffending and racial disproportionality on who enters the youth custodial system. This briefing reviews recent developments.
This briefing considers future directions of housing in Scotland, with a particular focus on how local authorities can leverage the sector to aid in a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economic recovery from the effects of Covid-19.
This briefing provides a summary of the Federal Productivity Commission’s recently released Commercial Land Use Zoning: Productivity Reform Case Study – It is a technical review and will be of interest to urban and regional planners and those interested in development assessment and strategic planning.
Putting policy into practice – what can we learn from the development of local industrial strategies?
Since 2018, local enterprise partnerships and mayoral combined authorities have been developing local industrial strategies. This research report looks at the experience of developing the strategies from the perspective of the organisations involved and suggests lessons for local economic policy-making, including in response to Covid-19.
Every day there seems to be new local restrictions imposed across the UK and there have been new national measures too. Will they work? What is the evidence so far and have they made enforcement more complex? We look at the current state of play here.
This briefing explores the changing nature of retail and the implications for land use planning in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and will be of interest to those in land use planning, economic development, along with councillors and CEOs.