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Transformation growth set for the North of England

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people. Leaders from the city regions of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have welcomed the move to bring fast and frequent rail services to the region – and new opportunities for businesses and […]

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LCR and Nottingham County Council to partner to maximise HS2 regeneration

Regeneration specialists LCR, owned by the Department for Transport, are to partner with Nottinghamshire County Council as they look to maximise the huge potential the arrival of HS2 will have on the East Midlands. The partnership will help the region prepare for the ‘once in a generation’ infrastructure scheme which is set to help transform […]

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Funding close for East Midlands build to rent tower

Funding is being lined up for plans to build Derby’s tallest building, our event has heard. Matt Chandler, Development Manager at Godwin Developments. our recent Birmingham event that the company is close to securing a funder for its Landmark scheme. Funding will ‘hopefully’ be in place by mid-November for the 17-storey build to rent scheme, which […]

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Trinity College Dublin opening Republic’s first privately funded academic building

Trinity College is just about to open what it claims is the Republic of Ireland’s first purely privately-funded academic building, our Dublin Development Plans Conference has heard. Dr Patrick Prendergast, the college’s Provost & President, told the event that the Trinity Business School is due to open in six months. He said the school is […]

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York Central; an ambitious scheme to transform the city

One of the largest brownfield sites within England is set for a transformational scheme led by the York Central Partnership. The collaborative group, made up of Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and the City of York Council, are driving forward plans to regenerate a 45 hectare area of York – the most ambitious […]

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Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime

Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference we hear exclusively from Lancashire County Council on the phenomenal opportunities the infrastructure scheme will bring to the region and how it’ll be a catalyst for growth:   The potential is crystal clear – Preston’s […]

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Transforming Blue Light Estates in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset…

This year the UK’s first ever event focused on Blue Light Estates will take place in London – bringing together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management, including the Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. One of those involved within the Blue Light Estates Development Conference are Devon & Cornwall Police and […]

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Designs for HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull revealed

Impressive new images have been revealed to showcase what the two new HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull – Birmingham Curzon and The Interchange Station – could look like. HS2, a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ set to bring phenomenal economic growth opportunities to the UK, is set to arrive in the West Midlands in […]

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£350m Leeds South Bank scheme…

The regeneration of Leeds South Bank is set to see the City Centre ‘double in size’ – and today marks a major step forward in the project with the signing of a legal agreement. Having had planning permission granted by Leeds City Council in April developers CEG, who’re planning a major £350m scheme at the […]

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More than 400 canal-side homes set for Gloucester site

A new £65m residential development set to create 411 new homes in Gloucester has been approved – twelve years after the council initially granted permission back in 2006. The development, set to create stunning new residential properties overlooking the canal, are set to be created at the Monk Meadow Dock site in Gloucester. Developer Crest […]

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1,300 new homes given green light in Bristol

The creation of almost 1,300 new homes on the edge of Bristol have been given the green light this week as a scheme has been recommended for approval. The development, being brought forward by Crest Nicholson, will see the 65-hectare site transformed into a thriving community with amenities and local facilities.

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Funding announced to maximise HS2 Toton station and East Midlands Airport expansion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced fresh funding for a local-led body named Midlands Engine Partnership – which will help the region maximise the huge opportunities which HS2 will bring to the East Midlands HS2 Station and East Midlands Airport. The funding will enable the development body to put to together plans to […]

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Green light for new housing scheme at Wirral Waters

Peel Land and Property have today received the go-ahead for new homes set to be built at their ambitious Wirral Waters development site. The £90m ‘Wirral Waters One’ scheme, which will see them built 500 new properties, is set to be the first residential development at the site – which is set to be transformed […]

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Brexit wrangling threatens to delay HS2, warns project executive

The Brexit parliamentary process could hold up efforts to deliver the northern leg of High Speed 2, a senior executive at the project has warned.  Lorna Pimlott, Director of Sponsorship & Policy for Phase 2 of HS2 told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the hybrid bill for the Birmingham to Crewe […]

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Plan earmarks two new garden suburbs

South east Calderdale has been earmarked for two new garden suburbs to help address West Yorkshire’s wider housing shortage. Karen Lythe, Assistant Director for Economy, Housing & Investment at Calderdale Council, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the borough’s draft local plan had identified Brighouse and Elland for the two extensions […]

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Leeds reverse brain drain, says Riordan

Leeds has reversed the brain drain which has seen many regional cities lose graduates to the South of England, Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive has said. Tom Riordan, speaking at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, said work carried out to support Leeds’ bid for the Channel Four headquarters had demonstrated the relative youth of […]

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Call for Northern towns to bury the hatchets

The north of England’s towns and cities have been urged to bury their parochial rivalries in order to reap the potential benefits of the Northern Powerhouse. Chairing our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, University of Huddersfield Emeritus Professor Colin Bamford raised concerns that smaller towns and cities in west Yorkshire will be left with the […]

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Leeds-Manchester rail capacity set for four-fold boost

The number of hourly seats on the route between Leeds and Manchester is set to quadruple by the mid-2020s, the Chief Executive of Transport for the North has said. Barry White, whose organisation was set up in April to create a cohesive voice for northern England’s transport system, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic […]

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‘UBER can complement public transport’ –

Ride hailing services can complement public transport, Uber’s North of England lead has claimed. Tom Younger, Cities Lead – North of England at Uber said in his keynote speech that the company had conducted an analysis of journeys made by the company’s passengers following the introduction of round the clock services on London Underground.  He […]

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Raising West Yorkshire producitivy would boost the regional economy by 10%

Raising productivity levels in West Yorkshire to the national average would boost the regional economy by 10% , the chair of its combined authority has told our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the event, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said lagging productivity is the key factor pulling down incomes in the […]

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