With funding in short supply and the need for regeneration in Wales as high as ever, the challenge is to fully understand the current situation and learn from what works, says Dave Adamson
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The title of the document, Regeneration to enable growth: What the government is doing to support community led-regeneration, would suggest the document would make this connection. It does not in any authoritative or meaningful way.
Is it time Britain’s towns and cities re-drew their boundaries? Rupert Greenhalgh looks at how cities abroad have reined themselves in to maximise the benefits of economic growth.
With government happy to leave the fate of cities to market forces, where does that leave those for which growth isn’t a realistic option? Clare Goff reports
I am fearful that it will not capture the public’s imagination in that it may just be seen as another bureaucratic administrative convenience.
For those of us who keep a pinch of salt handy on Budget Day, though, this welcome collection of ‘mays’ and ‘coulds’, which begin to put flesh on the bones of the coalition’s explicit rebalancing act, have to be seen in the context of a set of ‘wills’ that are already serving other rebalancing goals.
London is being given the chance to shape its own economic future, so why shouldn’t other cities? Chris Murray tells Austin Macauley why changes must be made to the localism bill to make that happen.
Matthew Jackson argues the Budget has delivered incentives for local economic development which will only serve to exacerbate gaps in our already imbalanced economy.
We must confront the need for planning structures and incentives that reinforce sustainable and socially just outcomes rather than potentially undermining them, argues Kate Henderson.
The next wave of development zones will benefit from expected measures such as simplified planning rules and lower levels of corporation tax. Councils are also likely to be able to keep high proportions of the business rates they raise in the zones. The key issue is how these measures impact upon the neighbouring areas.