Regeneration

Hull council approves £96m city centre development

21/12/2021

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

06/12/2021

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

15/11/2021

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

12/11/2021

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

10/11/2021

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

20/09/2021

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

10/09/2021

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

08/09/2021

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

26/08/2021

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

25/08/2021

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

12/08/2021

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

06/08/2021

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

Council purchases mothballed theme park

03/08/2021

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

16/07/2021

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

12/07/2021

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

12/07/2021

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

25/06/2021

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

08/06/2021

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

10/05/2021

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

07/04/2021

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

07/04/2021

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

06/04/2021

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

Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

24/03/2021

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

04/03/2021

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

24/02/2021

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

10/02/2021

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

18/01/2021

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

04/01/2021

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

16/12/2020

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

04/12/2020

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?

02/12/2020

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

11/11/2020

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

04/11/2020

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

02/11/2020

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

The regeneration of transport-linked land

27/10/2020

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

27/10/2020

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

20/10/2020

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

01/10/2020

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

100 towns to share £80m regeneration funding

25/09/2020

Over 100 towns in England will be given up to £1m each to boost regeneration, the Government has announced.

Northampton BC buys M&S building for £1.45m

23/09/2020

Northampton Borough Council has bought a former Marks and Spencer building for £1.45m as part of an effort to transform the town centre.

Modular housing a 'game-changer' for housing and jobs, experts claim

22/09/2020

Modular housing is a ‘game changer’ and could deliver 75,000 homes a year, a report from experts has claimed.

Manchester CC launches consultation on 270 home regeneration proposal

18/09/2020

Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on a regeneration plan that will see 270 new homes built in Collyhurst.

Liverpool launches UK's first heritage-led development plan

11/09/2020

Liverpool is seeking to retain its World Heritage Status through the launch of the UK’s first heritage-led development plan

Holyrood announces £30m regeneration fund

10/09/2020

The Scottish government has announced that Scotland’s local authorities will receive £30m of new investment for regeneration and town centres.

Reinvigorating town centres through a root and branch redesign

12/08/2020

Ciara Keeling outlines how successful local authority town centre regeneration and development strategies should look like post COVID-19.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Solving the town centre regeneration puzzle

04/08/2020

A multi-disciplinary and data-driven approach to town regeneration is more important than ever, argues Brian Thompson.

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

22/07/2020

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery

15/06/2020

The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

Homes England agrees deals worth £300m

04/06/2020

Homes England has agreed three funding packages worth £300m to deliver 20,000 homes across the capital.

Why recovery will bring a new healthcare estate

03/06/2020

Gareth Banks explains why Covid-19 will create a new impetus to revise healthcare estates and build a health infrastructure that can support new demands.

Homes England to invest £61m for 6,500 new homes in Cambridgeshire

29/05/2020

Homes England has agreed to invest £61m with developer Urban&Civic to deliver 6,500 new homes at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

Building beautiful

31/03/2020

Edward Nash argues the challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

Repurposing town centres

26/03/2020

Phil Mayall explains why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes.

Making the most of empty spaces

23/03/2020

Will Kinnear outlines how flexible workspace can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities.

Council puts forward plans for ‘digital city’

11/03/2020

Bolton Council is exploring joint venture options to create a ‘super connected digital city’.

Lincolnshire council ‘delighted’ by £3.5m Grimsby investment

02/03/2020

The communities secretary today announced a multi-million pound funding boost for Grimsby town centre while on tour around the north eastern town.

Club used in the film The Full Monty ‘temporarily’ saved

20/02/2020

The planned demolition of the working men’s club used in the film The Full Monty has been temporarily postponed.

North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research

19/02/2020

Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 2020

30/01/2020

There is now only a month left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020, which celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Welsh government announces £90m package to revive ‘struggling’ town centres

27/01/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £90m investment package to revive struggling town centres across the country.

New housing developments slammed for 'mediocre and poor' design

21/01/2020

Three-quarters of new housing developments should not have been approved due to their ‘poor’ or ‘mediocre’ design, a new report from campaigners has found.

Council prepares to approve £306m investment strategy

20/01/2020

A multi-million pound investment strategy that will see the delivery of 2,000 new homes is set to be approved by Oldham Council.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Former SSI steelworks secures £71m funding boost

10/01/2020

The Government has confirmed an extra £71m will be spent to get the former SSI steelworks in Redcar ready for redevelopment.

Only one in 10 support ‘new towns’, study finds

08/01/2020

Just 10% of the UK population believes that the construction of new towns is the best way to tackle the UK housing crisis, according to a new report.

Pilot areas announced as part of effort to ‘rejuvenate’ high streets

02/01/2020

The Government has announced 14 new pilot areas that will receive tailored expert support to assist in rejuvenating their town centres.

Maximising the benefits of One Public Estate

18/12/2019

Donna Heath says a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

Renewables at no upfront cost?

16/12/2019

Rebecca Lawson explains why local authorities are embracing community energy.

Cities of the past, for the future

12/12/2019

Dominic Manfredi discusses why taking learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2019

10/12/2019

From calls to a 10% pay rise for council staff to declaring a climate change emergency, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2019.

Garden Communities set to deliver over 400,000 homes

09/12/2019

Garden city developments are set to deliver over 400,000 new homes, the equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham, new research has revealed.

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

09/12/2019

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.

Sky announces plans for ‘state-of-the-art’ studio in Elstree

04/12/2019

Sky’s plans to build a 32-acre TV and film studio at Elstree could lead to 2000 new jobs for the local economy, the telecommunications company says.

Report highlights nine inspirational towns

29/11/2019

A collection of case studies to show how towns can prevent decline and create new opportunities for change has been published.

Council buys town centre in £43m property deal

25/11/2019

Knowsley Council has completed a £43.8m deal to acquire 87 shops and over 12 acres of land from St Modwen.

Best practice in resident ballots

06/11/2019

Residents on the South Kilburn Estate overwhelmingly voted in favour of council plans to regenerate their neighbourhood in October 2019. Brent’s strategic director for regeneration and environment Amar Dave shares the lessons learned for other landlords holding resident ballots.

Whitehall announces £16.4m to ‘boost’ town centres

01/11/2019

Selected local authorities will receive a share of £16.4m to help them access a fund aimed at boosting town centres and improving infrastructure, Whitehall has announced.

Restoring the glory days of the British seaside

29/10/2019

The traditional seaside resort is having a hard time, new figures on bankruptcies show. But experts say a combination of support and greater freedom could turn them around, as Mark Whitehead found out.

Seaside towns dominate top 20 bankruptcy list

22/10/2019

British seaside towns dominate a list of the top 20 places for bankruptcies in the UK.

South Kilburn residents ‘overwhelmingly’ back regeneration

17/10/2019

Residents of South Kilburn Estate in Brent have overwhelmingly backed council plans to rebuild their neighbourhood following the biggest ever resident ballot of its kind in London.

Stockton’s reinvention of the high street

11/10/2019

A town in the North East with a proud industrial heritage is steaming forward into the 21st century with a bold and highly successful regeneration initiative.

Public property hubs to be delivered in Birmingham and Peterborough

11/10/2019

Peterborough and Birmingham are the latest places to benefit from a government programme to regenerate city centre sites.

Cambridge’s pioneering cohousing scheme

07/10/2019

Laura Sharman visits Marmalade Lane – Cambridge’s first cohousing development and the largest scheme of its type in the UK.

Sussex council green lights 3,000 new homes

07/10/2019

A planning committee in Sussex has given the green light to a construction project that will see thousands of new homes delivered in the area.

Trafford Council signs £50m property deal

03/10/2019

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have exchanged contracts on a £50m joint venture.

Council buys waterfront land for £1

27/09/2019

Liverpool City Council has bought more than 55,000 sq metres of prime waterfront land for £1.

£150m housing scheme to go ahead on former Toys R Us site

12/09/2019

Housing and new offices are set to go ahead on a former Toys R Us site in Southampton.

100 places chosen to develop new town deals

06/09/2019

Towns across England have been invited to develop proposals for new multi-million pound Town Deals.

£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped

28/08/2019

Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

Government increases high street fund to £1bn

27/08/2019

The Government has announced 50 more towns will be eligible to bid for a share of funding to revitalise their high street.

Developer withdraws from multi-million Hove scheme

15/08/2019

Crest Nicholson has withdrawn from plans to deliver a £50m leisure centre and new housing in Hove.

Whitehall urged to develop £10bn ‘regeneration strategy’

02/08/2019

The Government should develop a £10bn ‘national regeneration strategy’ to help boost towns and cities across the North and Midlands, a new study says.

Brentwood Council signs £1bn joint venture

02/08/2019

A £1bn joint venture to deliver new homes, public spaces and local facilities has been agreed between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Rethinking the town centre

31/07/2019

Andrea Arnall explains how local authorities can maximise the potential of town centre regeneration and attract investment.

Vaux: Transforming Sunderland

18/07/2019

The iconic Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland has been transformed into THE BEAM: a mixed use hub in the heart of the city centre.

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched

02/07/2019

A multi-million pound fund has been launched to help transform high streets through the ‘creative’ use of underused historic buildings.

The future of town halls

28/06/2019

Jamie Coath explains how councils can unlock the potential of town halls to deliver social value and revenue.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Urban Green Space Runner-up: Sovereign Square, Leeds City Council and re-form landscape architecture

25/06/2019

The runner-up in the Urban Green Space category is the redevelopment of Sovereign Square in Leeds.

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There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution

Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
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