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15
Jan

A Greater Lancashire?

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This week, the starting gun has been fired for the consultation as to whether there should be a combined authority for Lancashire. This has been a long journey, and many have called for such a body for some time. With Lancashire noticeably absent from the Chancellor’s Northern Powerhouse trip to China towards the end of […]

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09
Dec

Severe weather up North causing a political storm

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The political response to Storm Desmond started on Monday following a weekend of destruction and chaos. Cumbria is reportedly the worst hit county with over 60,000 homes left without power and many lacking clean water, following the strong winds and up to 200m of rainfall. The NHS in Lancashire declared a ‘major incident’, Lancaster University […]

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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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14
Aug

Fracking: the end of localism?

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This week the Government has announced that it will intervene to fast track fracking applications if local authorities delay determination. The Government views shale gas as an essential part of the UK’s energy mix and hopes to prevent the controversial applications from stagnating in the planning system. Both of Cuadrilla’s applications which were refused by […]

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