Cheshire East Local Plan inquiry resumes on positive note
The planning inspector overseeing Cheshire East’s draft Local Plan set the tone on the first day of resumed hearings yesterday, saying that while he still had “outstanding concerns” about the borough’s development blueprint, “we live in an imperfect world and we need to be pragmatic”.
Science parks’ EU digital connectivity bid at risk
A £4m ERDF project to fit fibre broadband within and between Cheshire and Warrington’s science parks is “significantly at risk” of not going ahead due to new application deadlines imposed post-Brexit for EU funding.
Whitehall delays could cost GM £150m in EU project cash
The Government lacks the resources to make quick decisions about which projects will stand a chance of receiving European Structural Investment Fund support ahead of the deadline of the Autumn Statement, according to the leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Five challenges facing Andy Burnham
Announced yesterday as the Labour nominee for Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham MP is likely to be a shoo-in come the election next May. But the hard work isn’t over, as he’ll face various challenges if and when he takes office.
Rotheram secures Liverpool City Region mayoral nomination
Steve Rotheram has become the second central government politician in as many days to win Labour members’ support to stand for new metro mayor positions, defeating Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to the nomination for the May 2017 election to head Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Bernstein outlines cost of Brexit fall-out
Further details have emerged on the investment streams at risk following the Brexit vote, including the planned £60m extension to the Evergreen fund and Manchester’s £32m share of a Northern Powerhouse Fund, according to a report from Manchester City Council’s chief executive.
GMCA changes tune to push Lloyd
Greater Manchester Combined Authority has dropped the qualification ‘interim’ when referring to Tony Lloyd, calling him the Greater Manchester mayor in official communications to the media, as it seeks to “increase awareness of the mayoralty”, and denies the move could be seen as misleading or unfair to his rivals.
Heseltine: Success is bubbling up in Liverpool
According to Lord Michael Heseltine, former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister and early proponent of devolution, Liverpool has become “a world brand”, and that many of its successes would have been “unfathomable” a few years ago.
Tony Lloyd: Some planning is boring, some is exciting
Greater Manchester’s interim mayor, speaking at a debate hosted by the Forum for the Built Environment, offered colourful opinions on a wide range of topics, from the EU referendum – “madness” – to his questionable enthusiasm for planning policy – reassuring the audience that “only some planning is boring”.
Local elections so far, at a glance
As the counting of votes continues across a number of the North West’s local authorities, the results are in for all Greater Manchester’s boroughs outside the city centre, and in Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson’s re-election was confirmed with 52.6% of the vote.