Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres, large market towns, small market towns, coastal communities, villages as well as local centres. The winners are selected by a jury, who visited 42 shortlisted locations. There is also one public vote, which saw Hebden Bridge named the ‘People’s Choice’.  Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The competition is run by the Future High Street Forum, a not-for-profit body that brings tog... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News

Survey of civic activity by local community groups launched
Juliana ORourke

The largest ever survey of civic activity by local community groups has been launched to reveal the influence of the civic society movement in villages, towns and cities across the country and strengthen its future. The survey can be downloaded and completed online   The civic society movement is... continue

25 Aug 2009RUDI News

Centre-right think tank Bow Group report calls for 'lighter, more flexible, neighbourhood focused system'
Juliana ORourke

The centre right think tank The Bow Group has published a paper, Our Towns, Our Cities: The Next Steps for Planning Reform, by Nick Cuff and William Smith on planning and urban design, arguing that house building is being plagued by a system of box ticking, gold plating and target setting at a time... continue

24 Jul 2009RUDI News

Tensions' between business and community interests could deflect integration of regional economic and spatial plans
Juliana ORourke

Parliament has voiced misgivings over the way the Government expects the integration of regional economic and spatial plans to be achieved - though not the principle of bringing them together. Under this new regime, set out in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill,... continue

24 Mar 2009RUDI News

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