Some communities may simply not have the ambition or resources to enable them to take advantage of neighbourhood planning, leaving them at the mercy of (and in the absence of a neighbourhood plan ‘in agreement with’) potentially unsuitable development because of the NPPF.
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The phrase Big Society is banned and you’ll find little kowtowing to the government’s agenda. But Knowsley is still taking a pragmatic approach to cutbacks, discovers Austin Macauley
I think we should be worrying our little heads a great deal over the potential effects of the proposed reforms to voter registration and constituency boundary changes.
All of us interested in creating great places must gaze beyond the present and look at the possible progressive future. We must look beyond crude capitalism, materialism, and an overreliance on public spending and seek local economic alternatives.
Matt Leach has become skeptical of government’s ability to make a real impact on a local level. But the new boss of Hact is sold on the Big Society agenda and reckons housing associations should be at the heart of it. Clare Goff meets him
This week sees the inaugural meeting of the government-backed national network for local enterprise partnerships. Lee Pugalis and Lorna Gibbons ask: how does a ‘top-down’ network support ‘bottom-up’ LEPs?
If you want to get a feel for an economy without planning, why not take a trip to Venezuela? The capital Caracas is, despite its socialist street cred, totally devoid of planning policy. The free market has been completely liberated with all manner of economic activity,
It’s scandalous that there are jobs going unfilled when so many are out of work. You can’t tell me that all one million young people who are unemployed are unwilling to get training and qualifications.
Innovation does not take place in isolation - successful innovation builds on a network of public, private and third sector organisations. This makes the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPS) crucial.
If policy-makers and practitioners cling on to the old model in the vain hope of miraculous recovery, then the only outcome from the current crisis will be the morbid symptoms of decline.