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Professional Standards And Advocacy

The blog by Nigel Pearce yesterday, see below, has created something of a Twitter storm around the issue of just how objective should a planning consultant be when working for a client in support of scheme. Well, it would be easy to say that you never hear of a consultant telling a client their sche...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 June 2018

Structural Dishonesty In The Planning System

Underneath the topsoil of local councils and developers in England, and presumably elsewhere in the UK, lies a substratum of consultants, both national and international, who are making a great deal of money out of the planning system. When developers employ consultants to carry out sustainability ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 17 June 2018

Why Land Squandering Goes On And On And On

One of the great mysteries of planning in this country is why the most densely populated country in Europe goes on squandering its land with the lowest residential density development in Europe. I must apologise to readers outwith England here, as it-apos-s England I-apos-m referring to, though land...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 June 2018

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Chicago pays millions for land remediation

Added on 29 July 2016

In America, the City of Chicago and Cook County have decided to provide millions of dollars to pay for clean-up of contaminated land in seven districts of the city and its southern suburbs.

While the UK struggles with the idea of directly funding remediation from the public purse and toys with loan funds, the City and County have launched a new Industrial Growth Zones Initiative.

It will address two factors most frequently cited as obstacles to investment in industrial sites: land contamination and complex regulations.

““Industrial Growth Zones will reinforce and revitalize Chicago’s great commercial strength by removing barriers to site development for businesses and spurring job growth across communities for our residents,” said mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“This joint effort will improve how property owners, industrial developers and businesses invest in our city’s neighborhoods, and unlock the potential for further economic growth.”

Land owners within the zones will have access to a new site certification programme making site information available and will be eligible for grants up to $130,000 for investigation, remediation and marketing.

An “industrial concierge” will provide a single point of contact to guide them through the regulatory maze and there will be expedited permitting, licensing and inspections and assistance with workforce recruitment and training.

““Growth Zones are designed to attract investment into and development of specific industrial areas to spur regional economic growth and generate real, sustainable jobs,” siad Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. “The Industrial Growth Zones Initiative moves Cook County and the Chicago region in a new strategic direction.”

The pilot scheme will run for three years.

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