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Think tank review February 2021

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…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Net Zero climate targets: key action areas for local government

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.

Australia Briefing

Beauty in the eye of the post-holder? Planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

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.  

England & Wales Briefing

Stopping Doing Harm to our Town Centres

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.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Affordable housing proposals: key features and issues

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.

Ireland Briefing

Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

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.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Unfinished business

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.

England & Wales Publication

Housing and planning round-up February 2021

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.

England & Wales Briefing