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Government is holding the industrial sector back with ineffective planning policy, says Turley

“Ineffective” national planning policy, which “has no teeth” is holding the industrial sector back from supporting the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, according to planning and development consultancy Turley.

Despite the radical reforms promised in the 2020 Planning White Paper, there is scant regard to the role of industry and logistics, in spite of the

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Transformative £452m Borderlands deal to unlock area’s economic potential

A £452m deal to unlock the economic potential of the Borderlands area has been formally signed by the UK and Scottish governments and local authority partners.

Ministers of the two governments and representatives of the five councils of the Borderlands Partnership signed the transformative Inclusive Growth Deal at a virtual ceremony.

The deal will reach

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Freeport East

Freeport East was one of eight new Freeports announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his budget speech.

Centred upon the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, both operated by Hutchison Ports (part of the CK Hutchison group) the partnership includes a strong public sector element including South East and New Anglia LEPs, Suffolk and

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VALE ATV weed spraying system “saved us time, staff resources and, most of all, money!”

VALE ATV weed spraying system saves time, staff resources and money

VALE Engineering is the UK’s leading supplier of weed control and winter maintenance equipment for the municipal and amenity sectors. The company supplies high-specification Yamaha ATV quad bikes fitted with weed spraying equipment that can save time, staff resources and money – according

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Data delivers to prevent added water costs for public sector sites and businesses

Data loggers have highlighted more than £1.5 million of potential additional water costs for organisations this year, after highlighting issues including leaks at sites, new figures show.*

This included:

One of the largest universities in the UK had leaks on two sites – which were losing an estimated 100 cubic metres (100,000 litres) of water

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The impacts of planning reform on employment land

Stuart Hardisty

By Stuart Hardisty

Yesterday I spoke at the Westminster Briefing event on Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government www.westminster-briefing.com/Planning_Under_The_New_Government around the impacts of such reform on employment land, an issue I am firmly embedded in.

Three years ago I wrote a blog post setting out a series of risk factors affecting

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Affordable homes: Comment from Arcadis

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today unveiled a new £12 million boost for affordable homes, in a bid to make it easier for people to get on the housing ladder. The programme represents the highest single funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade.

Commenting on the measures, Peter Hogg, UK Cities Director at Arcadis,

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We come in peace to protect you from Covid-19

SafeGroup Covid-19 disinfection vehicle

Reporter: Allan Roach – News

It may look like an unequal contest between a space astronaut and an 23t excavator – but this is how lives are being protected in the construction and quarrying industries.

A decontamination technician from SafeGroup wearing a full body suit and powered respirator gives the

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Zhaga standards break barriers to smart and connected lighting

The Zhaga interface standard for street lighting future-proves luminaires to keep pace with rapid developments in digital technology. It enables a multi-vendor eco-system of interoperable luminaires and sensor/communication modules and breaks existing barriers to smart and connected lighting.

The Zhaga smart interface specifications will have a major impact on the value of the lighting

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Surge in break-ins at pubs, shops, offices and construction sites during coronavirus lockdown

VPS Smart Tower being off loaded from truck

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police forces across the UK are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centres, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the coronavirus lockdown.

Collating intelligence data from police reports, news items, and their own

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LEADING CONSTRUCTION BODY RAISES ALARM OVER SEVERE IMPACT ON SMEs OF COVID-19

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest value sector in UK construction – has expressed major concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs (which comprise 99% of firms in the construction industry).

SEC Group is highlighting a number of concerns relating to sharp practices, disruption to repair and maintenance contracts (which

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MODULAR BUILDING METHODS DELIVER FAST TRACK COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITY

Using modular building systems to create a new community centre and preschool

When Basildon Council wanted to create a new community centre and preschool facility in Nevendon, they selected modular building systems to successfully fast track a valuable community asset with a tight construction schedule spanning just eight months from April to December 2019.

The

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UK’s first Electric Forecourt® is under construction, opening Summer 2020

Network of over 100 Electric Forecourts® across the UK will solve electric vehicle charging concerns, and pave the way for electric vehicles to become mainstream in the earliest possible timeframes

GRIDSERVE announces today that the first of a nationwide network of over 100 Electric Forecourts® is now under construction and will open this summer, offering

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Mayor of Greater Manchester reacts to HS2 announcement

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has responded to the government’s confirmation that the HS2 high-speed rail link will be built, the first phase between London and Birmingham with a second phase going onto Manchester and Leeds.

Mr Burnham said: “The Prime Minister has today listened and gone a considerable distance towards the case

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