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Promoting economic growth locally

Posted on: 19 May 2014
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The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has issued a report which argues that the coalition government’s local job creation policies, through initiatives such as enterprise zones and the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), are “falling well short” of its initial expectations.

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Building economic resilience? An analysis of local economic partnerships’ plans

Posted on: 9 May 2014
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The authors of this report assess the extent to which local enterprise partnerships are addressing and planning for the long-term economic and social challenges that their areas face. This report assesses the strategies that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were tasked with drawing up in order to win a share of the Local Growth Fund, appraising them against a newly-developed ‘LEP resilience framework’ which assesses key areas of policy, including innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, infrastructure investment, accountability and environmental sustainability.

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ENTER.HUB Newsletter

Posted on: 29 April 2014
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The EU-funded project, ENTER.HUB, promotes the role of railway hubs and multimodal interfaces in medium-sized cities as engines for integrated urban development and economic, social and cultural regeneration. The latest newsletter is now available online.

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Urban renewal after the Berlin Wall

Posted on: 28 April 2014
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Urban renewal areas are popular but empirically understudied spatial planning instruments designed to prevent urban decline and induce renewal. The authors of this report use a quasi-experimental research design to study the effects of 22 renewal areas implemented in Berlin, Germany, to increase housing and living quality in the aftermath of the city’s division during the Cold War period.

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Failure to transform: High-speed rail and the regeneration myth

Posted on: 28 April 2014
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New research, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs, outlines the flaws in the government’s latest favoured justification for HS2, namely its regenerative effects on the economy and employment in the north. The author of the report studied the relationship between high speed rail and economic performance, using the UK’s only example of a high-speed domestic rail service from London to Kent. 

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Down under placemaking

Posted on: 11 April 2014
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For decades, Melbourne has been the hotbed of experimentation and innovation that has attracted new thinking, new leadership, enlightened developers and progressive governance. An Integrated Placemaking approach, which Melbourne-based Village Well has developed and implemented for the past 22 years is explored with specific case studies. The retrofitting of Melbourne Central, a city mall, made it into a real place, creating one of the world’s great markets. The activation of the Melbourne Laneways caused the once lifeless laneways to become the city’s number one tourist attraction, and the development of the Docklands, a vast urban renewal project, doubled the city’s footprint.

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Planning for growth: The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in England

Posted on: 3 April 2014
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This report presents an initial assessment, by researchers on behalf of the Royal Town Planning Institute, of a sample of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) strategic plans which were submitted to the government. The report concluded that LEPs clearly have an important strategic role in supporting investment confidence and championing economic growth, especially through their spatial priorities, support programmes and other initiatives, but their role in the planning system and softer forms of planning remains unclear as they lack clearly defined planning roles. This is further complicated by a situation where the precise role of LEPs is subject to local discretion.

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Urban Pollinators

Posted on: 2 April 2014
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Urban Pollinators is a practical think tank which aims to help people work through complex and challenging issues about placemaking, regeneration and society.

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Breaking boundaries: empowering city growth through cross-border collaboration

Posted on: 27 March 2014
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This report from the Centre for Cities looks at the challenges and benefits of councils working together to support economic growth, argues that the benefits need to outweigh the costs if the UK is to make the most of its cities and their surrounding areas.

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Berlin airfield is battleground for scarce housing: Real estate

Posted on: 27 March 2014
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Berlin beginning to face same housing pressures as London, preserve open space or contain price growth. This article looks at the debate over the redevelopment of the former Tempelhof Airport site.

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