As expected, the latest component of the “Great Planning Reform” was flagged up by George Osborne in today’s Budget –even though it won’t actually come out until next week. Here’s how the Planning press has reported the news. Read more →
I was picking through yesterday’s announcements thinking about the sector based approaches that have been a feature of some of our recent work, but the point that caught my attention was the emphasis on re-balancing the economy. It seems self evident that encouraging innovation and high value added activity will make a positive difference to economy. Every time I put the car radio on I seem to hear a coalition spokesperson commenting on the importance of science and engineering or the need to train more scientists and engineers or encourage more young people into science and so on. The reality of what I see seems quite different. So in this post I’ve allowed my professional reflections to merge with my personal views as I draw on my children’s experiences. I think this says more about the reality of a ‘re-balanced’ UK economy than any general comments I was going to make about the Budget Statement. Read more →
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