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

Super councils should be given wider powers to shape transport and the economy, as happens in London, says report
Juliana ORourke

For a city economy to be successful it needs an efficient transport system, quality housing and the people with the skills to work there. Yet, a city economy rarely stops at the end of a local authority boundary. Many people live and use public services within one local authority, but work in... continue

28 Mar 2014RUDI News

HCA funds parish to implement Community Right to Build Orders and create new homes, self build plots and community facilities
Juliana ORourke

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced funding for a mid-Sussex parish council to allow it to implement two pioneering Community Right to Build Orders. Slaugham Parish Council in Mid Sussex will use its Community Right to Build Orders to pave the way for much needed new homes, some... continue

24 Jun 2013RUDI News

New policy framework for preparation of regional strategies published
Juliana ORourke

The Government has published a policy framework for the preparation of Regional Strategies prepared under the provisions of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act. The document, jointly produced by Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Department for Business... continue

2 Mar 2010RUDI News

First English CSH level 6 development starts on site at Hanham Hall
Juliana ORourke

Work officially commences today on England’s first large-scale zero carbon development at Hanham Hall near Bristol. Start on site will be marked by the arrival of key construction workers along with portable site offices and construction equipment. See the article on Hanham Hall on RUDI This... continue

20 Nov 2009RUDI News

Bidding criteria for £8 billion investment programme announced by the Housing Corporation
Juliana ORourke

The bidding criteria through which affordable home providers will access at least £8 billion in Government funds was announced today, with the publication of the Housing Corporation's Prospectus for its 2008-11 National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP).  For the first time the Corporation's... continue

10 Sep 2007RUDI News

New measures to tackle flyposting pioneered in Scotland
Juliana ORourke

Local authorities are set to receive new guidance on how to tackle illegal fly-posting in a bid to boost the appearance of Scotland's cities, town centres and rural areas. A new Planning Advice Note from the Scottish Executive, Control and Management of Fly-Posting, encourages councils to work... continue

22 Jan 2007RUDI News

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