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
Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more housebuilding and provide more local say over developments the Housing and Planning Minister announced earlier this month, September 2016. However, in a surprise move by government the Bill made no reference to infrastructure provisions or the role of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), notes Chris Hallam, Partner at law firm Nabarro. “Changes to the... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News
UK: increase of 4% in road crash fatalities with a total of 1,775 killed

UK: increase of 4% in road crash fatalities with a total of 1,775 killed

The IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report 2016 provides an overview for road safety performance for 2014 in 40 countries, with preliminary data for 2015, and detailed reports for each country. It includes tables with cross country comparisons on key safety indicators. The report outlines the... continue

28 Jul 2016RUDI News
Councils not on track for smart city delivery, new research shows

Councils not on track for smart city delivery, new research shows

At the beginning of July, new research released by smart city consultancy Lucy Zodion highlighted the risk that many local governments are lacking the budget, leadership and capability to progress smart initiatives and connected technology in cities across... continue

28 Jul 2016RUDI News

Housing-led regeneration provides a good return on investment, says study

The way funding is made available to promote regeneration needs to change because it can more than prove its economic return, according to a new report. The report, Regeneration Revival, commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional... continue

27 Jun 2016RUDI News

UK's Behavioural Insights Team helps US to deliver a city data resource toolkit

What Works Cities has launched a Resource Toolkit in the US - openly available - that includes best practices in designing open data policies and creating open data portals, advancing performance management programmes by setting stronger targets, utilising behavioural insights to run randomised... continue

14 Jun 2016RUDI News
New directions for modelling?

New directions for modelling?

Modelling and visualisation is one of the focus areas for the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) new Technology... continue

15 Apr 2016RUDI News

Report finds 'serious reservations' about the capacity of LEPs to deliver

The role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships has grown since 2010, but the approach taken by DCLG to overseeing Growth Deals risks future value for money. A recent report on LEPs by the NAO found that LEPs themselves have serious reservations about their capacity to deliver and the... continue

31 Mar 2016RUDI News

Sheffield City Region secures £900 million in innovative devolution deal

Local politicians and business leaders have secured an in-principle deal with the Chancellor George Osborne to transfer national powers and control over funding from national Government departments to the Sheffield City Region – as well as securing a massive £900 million additional cash... continue

2 Oct 2015RUDI News

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