Bearing in mind the current heated debate around NPPF, and the Government's desire to see planning play its part in economic growth, two recent news items caught my attention. The first was that Worcestershire's LEP plans to use existing and emerging powers to establish enterprise zone conditions in its area (having failed in the national competition). This is an interesting development and one that other areas may want to look at. In July, we produced a briefing on this package of powers.
The second was the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to use its prudential borrowing powers to invest £20 million in superfast broadband across the county, in collaboration with district councils and businesses.
It is to be hoped that more ideas come forward to demonstrate how local authorities can use their powers to facilitate economic growth in their areas.