Stronger Economies

Overview

Districts are integral to the UK’s future prosperity as the Planning, Housing and Growth Authorities, growing the national economy, one local economy at a time.

The project group

Cllr Lead – Cllr Mark Crane
Supporting Members – Cllr John Clarke, Cllr Bridget Smith,
Chief Executive Leads – Lawrence Conway, Ian Fytche, Daryl Phillips
Contact: DCN@local.gov.uk for further information

Our workplan priorities include:

  • Taking forward economic growth proposals highlighted in the DCN and Grant Thornton Transformation toolkit
  • Ensuring that districts are at the heart of the creation of local Industrial Strategies
  • Influencing the Government’s LEP review, working with the LEP Network and Centre for Public Scrutiny to share best practice
  • Ensuring local areas continue to receive flexible funding for local needs, including post-Brexit
  • Working with Homes England and the Town and Country Planning Association to share best practice on garden settlements
  • Working to ensure that incentives for housing growth remain, and that the central role of districts in enabling housing is recognised
  • Engaging in the draft revised NPPF consultation, the Letwin Review and the MCHLG Select Committee investigation into land value capture
  • Calling for clarity on and responding to the review consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy

DCN UPDATES

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