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Council considers £110m offer for former EV battery factory site


Northumberland CC is set to consider a multi-million-pound deal that could see a site earmarked for a collapsed electric vehicle battery factory sold.

Blackpool neighbourhood to be demolished to build £65m campus


Blackpool Council's planning committee has approved the demolition of a town centre neighbourhood to clear space for a new £65m university campus.

Agreement for major York regeneration scheme signed


An agreement to undertake one of the UK's largest city centre regeneration schemes in York has been signed.

Hopes for regen scheme revived after Home Office scales back asylum plan


A £300m council-led regeneration scheme threatened when Whitehall commandeered the site for asylum accommodation could now go ahead.

High Court overrules Gove on M&S demolition


The Government’s decision to block Marks & Spencer’s plans to demolish and redevelop its flagship central London store was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

Teesworks inquiry finds no evidence of ‘corruption’


An inquiry into accusations of corruption relating to the Teesworks scheme has found no evidence of ‘illegality’ but ‘transparency’ concerns remain.

Call for ‘different approach’ to brownfield


A more ‘systematic, interventionist and collaborative’ method could ‘significantly’ increase the regeneration of brownfield sites in Wales, according to a new report.

Council sells former HQ site for £6m


Adur District Council has sold the site of its former civic centre for £6m to affordable housing provider The Hyde Group.

North Yorkshire Council greenlights £21m garrison redevelopment


North Yorkshire Council has signed off on a £21m redevelopment project for Catterick Garrison's town centre to offer support for Armed Forces personnel.

Fund to go to town centre 'champions'


New guidance for the government’s £1.1bn ‘long term plan for towns’ has confirmed the boards in charge of spending the cash should be led by a local independent chair who will act as a ‘champion’ for the town.

£80m to regenerate brownfield sites now available


Up to £80m is now available for local authorities across England to deliver thousands of new homes on brownfield sites.

High Court approves M&S judicial review


The High Court has approved an application for a judicial review from M&S after Michael Gove blocked plans to redevelop the retailers Oxford Street store.

Councils brace as Supreme Court outlaws Rwanda asylum plan


The Supreme Court has ruled the UK’s controversial proposal to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful – a decision likely to impact local government.

£7m project to turn bank into flats


A former Lloyds Bank in Hull will be refurbished into 46 residential properties with support from levelling up funding.

New festival to light up Scarborough


The Scarborough Lights festival will be launched next month as part of a three-year plan to boost arts, attract tourists and improve job opportunities on the North Yorkshire coast.

Council buys £14m shopping centre


Fareham Borough Council has spent £14m acquiring the town’s high street shopping centre and adjoining properties.

Council expected to axe regeneration firm


A council-owned development firm is expected to close just two years after it was launched.

Developers to convert Cheltenham car park into housing site


Cheltenham Borough Council will consider plans to transform a car park into a 150-home development.

Woking pauses development of 1,000 homes


Woking Borough Council has paused a regeneration project involving 1,142 new homes after it issued a Section 114 notice in June.

Wigan approves £135m multi-media centre.


Wigan Council's planning committee has approved a £135m multi-media centre to boost the town centre.

Ipswich unveils plans to improve town


Ipswich Borough Council has unveiled its new draft corporate strategy, which aims to create a ‘prosperous and sustainable future’ for the borough.

Plans for £210m regeneration in Huddersfield move to delivery phase


The latest stage of funding to develop Huddersfield town centre has been approved by Kirklees Council’s cabinet.

New railway station in Bradford, minister confirms


Plans for a new railway station in Bradford are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, a Government minister has confirmed.

Yorkshire market town to be expanded


East Riding Council in Yorkshire is considering plans to expand a market town by building 1,900 homes, a new school and a pub.

Questions over council land purchase proposals


Labour's proposed legislation would allow councils to buy land at agricultural values using compulsory purchase orders.

Campaigners resist plans to cut down trees for ‘eco homes’


Residents of historic Bournville village in Birmingham have called on their local councillor to intervene over a plan to cut down trees and build ‘eco homes’.

Plymouth council contractors forced to stop tree felling


Contractors working for Plymouth City Council cut down 110 trees at night before an injunction forced them to stop work.

Budget’s lack of social care support ‘disappointing’


Council leaders welcomed the new funding in yesterday's budget but were disappointed by absence of investment in social care, health and children’s services.

Budget 2023: Hunt to boost mayors' financial autonomy


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the Government will ‘boost mayors’ financial autonomy’ in his Budget.

Suffolk CC to invest nearly £11m in new bridges


Suffolk County Council is investing almost £11m into delivering two new bridges and a raft of regeneration projects.

Derby council approves £500,000 regeneration loan


Derby CC has approved a £500,000 loan to London and Continental Railways (LCR), which is seeking to purchase the original headquarters of Midland Railway.

Sheffield regeneration delayed due to £10m jump in costs


Regeneration plans for Sheffield city centre have been cut back because of rising costs.

Council chiefs blast ‘costly’ approach to levelling up


Councils have demanded a new way of funding the sector following the announcement of the Levelling Up Fund second round winners.

Scottish regeneration projects to receive £27m


Regeneration projects in disadvantaged and rural communities across Scotland are set to receive a share of almost £27m of funding, Holyrood announces.

Second round of £180m brownfield fund announced


Local authorities across England are now able to bid for a share of a £60m fund dedicated to reviving brownfield sites, the Government announced today.

Work begins on Staffordshire development creating 1,700 jobs


Work has begun on a multimillion-pound Enterprise Zone development being backed by Staffordshire County Council.

Gove to sign devolution deals for Norfolk and Suffolk


Devolution deals are to be signed in Suffolk and Norfolk giving them over £1bn to invest in their communities, the Government has announced.

Liverpool signs deal for £70m Littlewoods project


The developers behind the £70m Littlewoods project have signed a deal with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council to kick start the project.

Funding request to rescue inflation-hit City Deal


Derry City & Strabane DC is to request more funding to back its £250m City Deal as inflation threatens to force planned projects to be scaled back.

It’s time to re-think the retail-dominated model of our high streets


With levelling up back on the agenda, Nick Plumb argues there is a need for a new approach to our high streets that moves beyond the retail-dominated model.

The place principle


Chris Malcolm discusses how a holistic, people-centric vision can achieve better results across publicly funded projects.

Report calls for levelling up regeneration schemes to be backed by significant public funding


Significant public funding is needed to deliver the government’s plans to deliver King’s Cross-style regeneration projects across the UK, a report has argued today.

Net zero: A whole life view


Chris Clarke examines how the public sector needs to change its way of thinking if it is to achieve net zero.

Regeneration partnerships: Perspective and vision


Alexandros Marcoulides makes a number of recommendations to help councils ensure partnerships with the private sector succeed.

Boldly going where Birmingham has never gone before


Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, explains the integral role of the local authority in delivering the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Councils could soon secure Landfill Tax refunds


Councils across England could soon receive grants to refund the costs of Landfill Tax when it prevents derelict sites from being developed.

Historic docklands to receive £233m of infrastructure funding


The Government today pledged £233m of infrastructure funding to drive the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands.

Homes England announces new strategic partnerships


Homes England and GMCA have entered into a new partnership to drive the delivery of affordable housing and town centre regeneration.

Council adopts land transfer policy to ‘kick-start a grassroots revolution’


Liverpool council is set to launch a radical new scheme that will make council land available to voluntary groups in order to encourage local regeneration.

Bristol City Council launches consultation on plans to build 1,500 houses


Bristol residents are being asked to give their views on a development that promises to deliver 1,500 homes and employment space for over 500 jobs.

The need for Green Belt reform


With only four references to the Green Belt in the Levelling Up White Paper, Karen Charles asks if a change to the Green Belt is inevitable?

Levelling Up Bill to ‘empower local people’ published


The Government has published the levelling up Bill which promises to transform struggling towns and support local leaders have more control of regeneration.

Queen's Speech: Levelling up bill unveiled for planning reform


The Queen’s Speech has confirmed a levelling up Bill will include legislation on planning and regeneration reform.

Why so many heritage and grant-led projects are stalling


Andy Rumfitt discusses how local authorities can prepare for and handle stalled projects.

Four places shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025


Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough are the four locations shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025.

Post-pandemic placemaking: building better towns through public sector investment


Mike Salter explains how local authorities can maximise the impact of investment.

Plans to level up Blackpool are unveiled


Blackpool will receive a beefed-up inspection regime to tackle rogue landlords and a King’s Cross style regeneration programme under the Government's levelling up plans.

Homes England recommits to joint venture to deliver 6,600 houses


Homes England has recommitted to a joint venture that will deliver 6,600 homes and 2 million sq ft of innovation and commercial space over the next 10 years.

Funding allocated to develop derelict brownfield sites


Three regions will share £30m funding to regenerate brownfield sites and create 2,500 new homes, the Government has announced.

A blueprint partnership for success


Richard Pearce argues that while working partnerships between developers and councils take time and effort, it does pays off.

Approval for 4,000 homes in new Cambridgeshire town


Planning approval and funding has been granted for the next phase of the largest new town since Milton Keynes.

Wolverhampton and Sheffield will be first to benefit from levelling up plans


The Government has announced Wolverhampton and Sheffield will be the first two places to benefit from its new regeneration programme.

Hull council approves £96m city centre development


Hull City Council’s cabinet has approved a £96m development aimed at transforming the city’s centre.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2021


From the ongoing dispute over council pay, to how local government is adjusting in the wake of the pandemic, here are the most popular 100 stories on LocalGov from 2021.

Five ways markets can spark the regeneration of our towns and cities


Hayden Ferriby outlines how local authorities can use markets to lead regeneration and be a catalyst for change.

Heritage Development Trusts: Helping create distinctive futures for our towns and cities


Matthew Mckeague explains how in Coventry a pioneering new model – known as a Heritage Development Trust – is helping revive historic buildings in the city and take community ownership and asset transfer in an ambitious direction.

Council launches new placemaking company


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has launched a new placemaking company to drive forward stewardship-led regeneration.

Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up


The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

Sheffield and Milton Keynes win £1.4m housing funding


Milton Keynes and Sheffield have been awarded £1.4m to help kickstart regeneration and deliver new homes and jobs in each area.

Welsh government confirms £5m town centre funding


The Welsh government has confirmed that £5m of loan funding will be made available to support the regeneration of town centres.

UK’s first regional bank granted licence


The UK’s first regional bank has been granted its banking licence and will open the doors of its first branch in Manchester later this year.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund


More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

Building wealth from within


Tom Lloyd Goodwin, associate director – policy at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), looks at the history of community wealth-building.

Council agrees land deal for Eden Project North


Lancaster City Council has agreed to transfer land for the £125m Eden Project North.

Council purchases mothballed theme park


Lancaster City Council has stepped in to purchase Morecambe’s derelict theme park, Frontierland, in an effort to kick start its regeneration.

Report outlines ‘innovative strategies’ for reviving town centres


A new report has identified the ‘innovative strategies’ northern towns can draw on in order to revive struggling town centres.

St Helens MBC: Dream team looks to a bright future


St Helens is reinventing itself with a new breed of council and radical projects that will revitalise the borough

High street regeneration to be key part of PM's levelling up agenda


The Prime Minister will set out his 'levelling up' plans later this week, including unveiling a new High Streets Strategy.

We need to put fun back into urban design – and councils are key


Martin Bransby explores how to create better spaces that are geared towards improving both physical and mental wellbeing.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals


The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Levelling up needs long-term approach, says report


A shake-up of local government funding is required to achieve a levelling up of the country, a new report has concluded.

Johnson announces £23.6m Truro Deal


Truro has secured £23.6m from the Towns Fund to boost the local economy, create jobs and new homes.

Unlocking the potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc


Alex Robinson argues communities and the environment must be central to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc strategy to get local buy-in.

Levelling up fund faces legal challenge


The Government could face legal action over its ‘troublingly opaque’ allocation of the Levelling Up Fund.

Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool


Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.

Welsh government announces £15.2m ‘placemaking’ fund


The Welsh government today announced a £15.2m ‘placemaking’ funding package to help revive Wales’ town centres in the wake of the pandemic.

Council gives go-ahead to Everton FC’s new stadium plans


Liverpool City Council have approved Everton FC’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park.

New ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals aim to turn derelict buildings into homes and community assets


Matthew Feldman warns the new ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals raise a number of unanswered questions for local government.

‘Right to Regenerate’ to free up public land, Jenrick says


The public will be able to convert vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces under ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals.

Jenrick announces £830m high street investment


The Government has announced that millions of pounds of funding will be invested in 72 areas across England as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2020


Although the dispute over council pay caused the most stir in the local government sector this year, the impact of dealing with the pandemic obviously dominated the headlines as well.

Liverpool mayor believed to be one of five arrested in police investigation


Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson is believed to be one of five people arrested as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’, local newspaper reports have claimed.

Are joint ventures still relevant in a post COVID housing sector?


What impact will COVID-19 have on joint ventures in the housing sector? Mash Halai reports.

Allocation of £3.6bn towns fund appears 'politically motivated', watchdog warns


The Government has been accused of 'political bias' when allocating funding from its £3.6bn Towns Fund by the public spending watchdog.

Hollywood firm agrees deal to build Dagenham studio


Barking and Dagenham Council has signed a deal with a Hollywood developer to build a film and TV production centre in Dagenham.

Rethinking local regeneration


If we to truly 'build back better', local authorities need a new approach to regeneration, argues Hannah Vickers.

The regeneration of transport-linked land


Transport-linked land must form an integral part of new local plans, argues Nick Markham.

Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment


Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

Oldham Council buys shopping centre to 'kickstart' town centre recovery


Oldham Council has bought the Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre to provide a catalyst for town centre recovery.

Community ownership is key to revival of high street, says report


Councils have been urged to help local communities take ownership of empty buildings in order to secure the future of Britain’s high streets.

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