As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…
This briefing explores local government’s potential role in decarbonization, looking at how councils can take action, along with some local government case studies. This briefing concludes with a framework for the development of a local action plan for emissions reduction.
National planning rules will soon include the word ‘beauty’ for the first time since the creation of the modern planning system in 1947. The consultation also includes other proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, including new restrictions on local authority powers to withdraw permitted development rights.
Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, tells us about the Town Centre Action Plan Report and its recommendations for reinventing town centres.
Following the recent reflection on past experience with affordable housing schemes, this briefing looks at the approach that is now proposed, with particular reference to the published heads of legislation, and views in relation to possible implications.
This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.
Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.
Fire safety is again the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with a government scheme to help leaseholders caught up in the ‘cladding crisis’ receiving a lukewarm reception. The round up also covers homelessness, almos, design codes, grants for greener homes and housebuilding.
This briefing provides an overview of the Aboriginal Land Planning Framework and how local government can play a role in assisting LALCs when engaging with the process and will be of interest to local governments broadly, along with those in land use planning, economic development and community development.
Local people are set to be given new powers to force councils and other public bodies to sell them unused land and assets as part of a new ‘Right to Regenerate’. This briefing sets out the proposals and the early mixed responses to them.