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

UK urban centres that 'go green' will see a return on investment in between four and eight years, says report
Juliana ORourke

A new study into the economics of decarbonising cities has found that UK urban centres that 'go green' will see a return on investment in between four and eight years, while cutting their energy bills by billions and creating thousands of new jobs, reports GreenWise.?? The research, The Economics... continue

16 Jan 2012RUDI News

Labour launches campaign to boost the UK's high streets as NPPF claims to support town centres over out of town retail
Juliana ORourke

Labour is launching a campaign to save Britain's high streets, calling for urgent action to help retailers, protect jobs and give people a real say over their local high street. The government's long-awaited policy on national planning has also been described as a 'watershed moment' for local... continue

27 Jul 2011RUDI News

National Infrastructure Planning Association launches to champion infrastructure delivery
Juliana ORourke

An organisation created to champion the planning and authorisation of major projects with an impact on the UK's economic growth has been launched. The National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) brings together those involved in delivering the country's biggest infrastructure... continue

2 Nov 2010RUDI News

Toolkit to support planners and developers to understand place-making and support the creation of vibrant places
Juliana ORourke

The Living Places Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit has received recognition from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as a best practice product for place making. The Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit gets the stamp of approval from the HCA Place Making Recognition Scheme. The scheme... continue

26 Aug 2010RUDI News

The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) will allow public sector, individuals and communities to access mapping data
Juliana ORourke

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has hailed a new agreement between the Government and all public bodies that will allow them to use national mapping data for free. The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) will allow all parts of the public sector in England and Wales to access national... continue

9 Aug 2010RUDI News

Enabling communities to lead neighbourhood-scale renewal projects is most cost effective way for towns and cities to thrive
Juliana ORourke

A new report from the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), its final publication before news of the withdrawal of SDC funding, advocates an integrated, area-based approach to retrofitting buildings and upgrading community infrastructure. The Future is Local outlines approached to enabling... continue

29 Jul 2010RUDI News

More cuts: CABE and English Heritage merger mooted, Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) scrapped
Juliana ORourke

The coalition government has announced plans to axe its sustainability watchdog in order to meet targets for public sector spending cuts, reports The Guardian. Plans are also afoot to merge CABE and English Heritage into a superquango. The proposal would see a number of heritage groups, including... continue

23 Jul 2010RUDI News

Decent homes need decent spaces: new action plan advises social landlords on placemaking
Juliana ORourke

CABE and the National Housing Federation, in partnership with Neighbourhoods Green, have produced a practical action plan to help social landlords provide more opportunities for residents to enjoy the space on their doorsteps and meet their neighbours in a safe and pleasant environment. Decent... continue

7 Jul 2010RUDI News

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