Topic: Transport and infrastructure

Affordable, accessible and sustainable transport and infrastructure are crucial to the economy and wellbeing of every community.

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The vanishing high street: the Grimsey Review

The last three years have seen various strands of work, by Government, local authorities and civil society to draw together policies and measures to help preserve and rejuvenate high streets and town centres, notably activity stemming from Mary Portas' Government-commissioned review in 2011. In September 2013, former Wickes and Iceland Chief Executive Bill Grimsey released…

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The NPPG and parking policy: tackling the ‘anti-car’ dogma of councils?

• Recent reviews on how to revitalise ailing high streets have recommended more, and cheaper, parking in town centres • The draft National Planning Practice Guidance includes new guidance on parking which says that planners ‘should not penalise motorists’ through reducing parking provision • However, the guidance also instructs planners to consider the needs of…

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Ready for Ageing?: The Government’s Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change

In March 2013 the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change published its report of the 2012-13 session. The report raised concerns that public services are seriously underprepared for the dramatic shift towards an older population. The Government’s response outlines specific actions it is taking to address some of those concerns.…

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Rural Communities : Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

This briefing summarises a House of Commons inquiry report on Rural Communities which assesses the Government’s delivery of its rural policy commitments. The report describes the “rural penalty” faced by rural households that pay more council tax whilst receiving less government grant and lacking access to public services and infrastructure. It demands reforms to the…

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National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) website

* The government has launched a test version of the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) website * The website includes new draft planning practice guidance on a range of topics such as viability, the duty to cooperate and neighbourhood planning * The deadline for feedback is 9 October – the final version will go live…

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Who should grant permission to frack?

Josephine Suherman blogs on the role of local authorities in granting planning permission for fracking operations

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The Development and Delivery of European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies: Supplementary Guidance for LEPs

In March 2013, the Government announced that, for the 2014-20 funding period, a large majority of the EU’s Structural Funds for England would be allocated to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Supplementary Guidance, published 24 July, focuses in detail on what LEPs have to do to develop their strategies for EU funds. The Supplementary Guidance also…

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NHS Reconfigurations – beyond opposition to a proper debate

The NHS Confederation, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and National Voices have published Changing care: improving quality, a paper seeking to reframe the debate about NHS reconfigurations. The paper: • analyses the types and drivers of reconfiguration • advises NHS managers how to handle reconfigurations more effectively • asks politicians to support major service…

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State of Nature 2013

* The State of Nature 2013, produced by a coalition of 25 conservation bodies, details the decline in a majority of the UK’s plant, animal and insect species. It addresses rural and urban environments. * The natural world has an intrinsic value. It is also vital to human wellbeing and prosperity. Targeted conservation, with broad…

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Neighbourhood planning: rural frontrunners (research and case studies)

* The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a case-study based report of the early learning from ten rural neighbourhood planning processes. * The report suggests a number of tips for neighbourhood planning processes that are relevant whatever the spatial setting. * It includes a number of messages for local government,…

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