‘If this government is to give its ‘levelling up’ soundbite any meaning, then it must make ending child poverty in places like the North East its priority.
Jamie Hailstone, Author at NewStart
Other recommendations include a £500m Community Recovery Fund to help charities during the crisis and a £2bn Levelling Up Communities Fund to finance long-term projects.
The building in Abington Street has been empty since 2018 when it was vacated by the retail chain, and since then no proposals have been put forward for it.
‘Inflexible planning policies inevitably lead to protracted negotiations, which are having a huge impact.'
‘Winter is always a worrying time for people living in poor-quality, cold and damp homes, particularly for those people who struggle to afford to heat them and keep them warm.'
‘We can now begin to develop and deliver these key projects and start to create the thriving town centres local people and businesses deserve.'
‘This would bring empty and run-down properties back to life, stimulate activity on stalled sites, and assist landlords exiting the market.'
'We will need to push developers and planners to make better use of space.'
'I expect it may feel a little bit later into the year than October, but it will be a matter of weeks, rather than months.’
‘The big takeaway is that we need to resist the urge to promote recovery at any cost.'