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About citypolicy

Interested in what makes cities and regions dynamic, competitive and sustainable. I blog in a personal capacity. I work for Leeds City Council as Chief Economic Development Officer. Previously worked for Arup in their planning, policy and economics practice, and before that for London First.

Let’s regain our confidence as a profession

A version of this article appeared in The Planner magazine (the RTPI’s business monthly magazine for planning professionals), February 2017. The Planning Under Pressure (The Planner, December 2016) article reflected how downtrodden many in the planning profession feel. The finger … Continue reading

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Brexit has always been a Marmite issue, now Marmite is a Brexit issue

The phenomenal post referendum plunge in the value of Sterling led to the short lived stand-off between Unilever and Tesco. The dispute was over the extent to which increased import costs should be passed on to customers for products such … Continue reading

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Disruption and Distributed Ledgers

There is increasing interest in the huge potential for distributed ledger technologies to disrupt business, drive innovation and create new economic opportunities for places. A recent report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor highlights the significant implications and opportunities of … Continue reading

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Five things we need to do to respond to flooding

It is now seven weeks since the devastating floods hit Leeds and nearby Calderdale on Boxing Day. I am sure it feels a lot longer for the businesses and people affected. The waters may have subsided, the clean up may … Continue reading

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Rebalancing the debate about rebalancing the economy – the role of public sector employment

Much of the debate about “rebalancing” the economy has been based on various assertions about the role of public sector employment. The starting point for the debate is that economies of the cities and city regions of the midlands and … Continue reading

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England’s Regions 2005-15

Improving the economic performance of the north of England is a major policy priority of all the main political parties. Initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse, Northern Futures, and a commitment to further devolution for cities and city regions have … Continue reading

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“More planning is needed not less” – Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932 – 2014)

Whilst on holiday a few weeks ago I heard the sad news that Professor Sir Peter Hall had died. The world of town planning, transport, economic development and urban policy is a poorer place as a result. There have been … Continue reading

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