Think-tank calls for improved Manchester-Leeds rail link

Think-tank calls for improved Manchester-Leeds rail link

A government-commissioned report has urged the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve rail links between Manchester and Leeds as the most effective way to boost economic growth outside London.

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Liverpool's Everyman Theatre redevelopment wins Stirling Prize

Liverpool's Everyman Theatre redevelopment wins Stirling Prize

The redeveloped Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has been awarded this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.

Tesco loses fight to block Asda out-of-town scheme

Tesco loses fight to block Asda out-of-town scheme

Supermarket giant Tesco's bid to block rival Asda's plans for a new out-of-town superstore in Lydney in Gloucestershire have failed at London's High Court.

New body to take on English Heritage planning responsibilities

New body to take on English Heritage planning responsibilities

The government has confirmed that its heritage advisor, English Heritage, will be split into two separate organisations, with a new body, Historic England, taking on planning and heritage protection responsibilities.

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Policy summary - Councils and neighbourhoods asked to pilot benefits model

Policy summary - Councils and neighbourhoods asked to pilot benefits model

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Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Manchester councils join forces for England's first city-region plan

Authorities in Greater Manchester have started preparing what would be England's first statutory development plan for a city-region, with proposals to almost treble its current rate of housebuilding.

Briefing: Revamped housing standards system gets ready for take-off

Briefing: Revamped housing standards system gets ready for take-off

The government's review of housing standards has made further strides over the course of the summer. Paul Watson explains.

Labour commits to brownfield agenda

Labour commits to brownfield agenda

Labour's shadow planning minister has said the party would strengthen the 'brownfield first' rule as some key party figures called for a renewed focus on urban redevelopment and extensions ahead of stand-alone new towns and garden cities.


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