• March 2017: Delighted to be asked to be a judge for the 2017 Planning Awards, and enjoyed the Judging Day, contributing to categories on heritage, culture and SD.
  • February 2017: Great to be working with HEFCE, Robin Hambleton and in Gloucestershire again - this time at their Leading Places workshop on University - LA - LEP collaboration. Have a look at the slides if this is an issue in your areas.
  • February 2017: Took a long time coming - but Government finally produced an Industrial Strategy Green Paper with 38 questions and relatively few answers! Besides the LGIU policy briefing, this also merited a full article in Planning.
  • February 2017: A lot of activity - especially by County Councils - around unitary status. But is this good, bad or indifferent for growth (and for local government) in non-metropolitan areas? My thoughts in the LGIU policy briefing on local government structural reform. Pleased to be assisting a number of local authorities on their considerations.
  • January 2017: With devo appearing to have stalled, interested to be working with Plymouth and neighbours on novel city region and growth corridor approaches to sub-national growth.
  • January 2017: Six global mega-trends that may underpin our assumptions about local growth and development in 2017 outlined in this planning column. Worth some thought and perhaps discussions in the context of the 2017 local growth and devolution landscapes described in this start of the New Year LGIU Policy Briefing, and also these personal musings on challenges facing UK international positioning following May's outline of her Brexit negotiation strategy!
  • December 2016: Exciting to be part of the Regeneris team assisting to refresh the Leicester & Leicestershire LEP Strategic Economic Plan. Contributed to a major workshop on 6th December with local roleplayers to set the scene for this exercise. If you are a stakeholder and wish to get involved,please get in touch.
  • November 2016: It is important that ambitious places refresh their international strategies - even (or especially) when resources are tight and the policy context is so uncertain. This LGIU policy briefing and this Planning column set out the arguments and how to advice, albeit from two differing perspectives.
  • November 2016: The continuing nightmare of 2016 has increased even further with the Trump coup in the US, and his inevitable 'Plot against Europe' with his UK government allies. My trilogy ended with some thoughts on strategies for the fightback.
  • October 2016: Inclusive Growth and regional rebalancing are two related agendas that Planners need to get to grips with - because government is certainly struggling!
  • October 2016: District Councils do much of the local growth 'heavy lifting', but are not always recognised and supported adequately by their LEPs, County Councils and Government. My work at South Kesteven includes huge housing and employment growth in Grantham - their sub-regional centre; leveraging the Stamford 'brand' - one of the premier large market towns in UK; and ambitions for fundamental skills reforms (which strictly is not a DC function). Pleased to be suupporting SKs striking and important agendas.
  • September 2016: Every place needs to be refreshing its local growth goals and priorities in the aftermath of the referendum and change of Government. Immensely enjoyed producing thought piece and facilitating workshop/roundtable with Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee and partners...
  • August 2016: Great to be working with Mike Dearing of AMEO on the West Midlands Growth Company proposed by the WM Combined Authority - ambitious, challenging, and highly relevant.
  • Summer 2016: Need to think through new models of growth, development and regeneration in the aftermath of the BREXIT referendum - urban policy and cities; industrial strategyunderperforming places; and the rebirth of regeneration.
  • July 2016: Difficult to move on after the referendum, but still immensely proud to have launched the University of Warwick Chancellor's Commission final report on the future role of the University in Coventry, Warwickshire and Midlands, for which I was Executive Commissioner. The roles and relationships of universities in cities and place-making probably even more important going forward. Complements my June Planning column on the potential impact of the HE Bill and White Paper on University expansion and/or contraction in your town or city.

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