Insights

15
Oct

Can planning authorities keep pace with the Northern Powerhouse?

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This month, a detailed report has been released looking at the impact of staffing and resource cuts to local planning authorities in the North West. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) commissioned engineering firm Arup to prepare the report, which found that there had been significant reductions in local planning authority budgets and staffing since […]

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08
Oct

Can Chorley be the gateway to Lancashire?

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The approval last week of a £12.9m investment in Chorley town centre could be a sign that the Council’s strategy to offset budget cuts with investment is working. In July last year, the leadership of Chorley Council announced its plans to split from Lancashire County Council and become a unitary authority. However, this has lost […]

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01
Oct

Could Lancashire be missing out on its share of devolution?

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Recent headlines have followed the Chancellor’s next steps in delivering his promise of Northern Powerhouse devolution, most notably as he has travelled to China seeking potential investors for projects in the UK, including the North of England. Mr Osborne has been accompanied by delegates from the key local authorities of the various regions already bidding […]

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