New Enterprise Zones go live in a simplified planning framework

Twelve new Enterprise Zones have gone live, helping to boost economic growth from the north-east to the south-west. Announced in the Autumn Statement 2015, these new zones support... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

Councils to benefit from long-term financial certainty with 4-year funding settlement

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that councils will continue to benefit from the long-term financial certainty of a 4-year funding settlement, helping them to plan ahead with confidence. He also confirmed he is working closely with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to determine how... continue

23 Feb 2017RUDI News

Right to Build Task Force will support local authorities

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched. The task force also intends to assist local authorities, community groups and other organisations to deliver large, affordable custom and... continue

22 Feb 2017RUDI News
UK 4G network worse than Romania and Albania: poor preparation for smart, digital futures

UK 4G network worse than Romania and Albania: poor preparation for smart, digital futures

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its final report into 5G and telecommunication technology. 5G means seamless connectivity, says the NIC. 5G is 'Ultra-fast, ultra-reliable, ultra-high capacity transmitting at super low latency', it states. It will support the ever larger data requirements of the existing network and new... continue

15 Dec 2016RUDI News
Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

James F Sallis, a specialist in Family Medicine and Public Health at the  University of California, San Diego, writes in The Lancet Public Health about collated evidence that suggests that active and public transport contribute to improvements in Body Mass Index (BMI), so providing further support for public health and medical professionals to advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies.  He says: 'Advocacy... continue

5 Dec 2016RUDI News

White Paper on future housing strategy delayed until 2017: land banking to be targeted

The timing for the publication of the government’s Housing White Paper has slipped. It was thought that the document may possibly be published in November and certainly before the Christmas and New Year break. However it will now be published in January, according to Planning... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News

NAO report on DCLG finds issues with LEPs and public land disposal

The latest Departmental Overview, carried out by the National Audit Office on the Department for Communities and Local Government, summarises its performance during the year ended March 2016, together with NAO recent reports. The content of the report has been shared with the Department to ensure... continue

16 Nov 2016RUDI News
New Urban Agenda adopted by UN: non-binding document will 'guide' future urbanisation but 'fails to address urgency'

New Urban Agenda adopted by UN: non-binding document will 'guide' future urbanisation but 'fails to address urgency'

The UN formally has formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanisation, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed at designing development priorities for cities and towns over the long term. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) sets out a host of general goals such as development of sustainable and compact cities that do not harm the environment and redevelopment of informal settlements with the participation... continue

25 Oct 2016RUDI News

DfT consults on future plans for 'effectively' zero emission cars and vans by 2050

The Government has a very clear and bold ambition for cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2050. It says, as it launches a Consultation on ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV): 'We are on track to deliver this aim, with the UK consistently amongst the leading global markets for ultra low... continue

25 Oct 2016RUDI News

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