Northern Powerhouse

New disqualification rules for people guilty of serious crimes serving in councils

22.10.18: Rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened after a public consultation, the government has announced. Local government minister Rishi Sunak announced the changes to rules that mean a...

The doors of the powerhouse are open once again

22.10.18: Now in its second year, the People’s Powerhouse Conference promises to celebrate achievements and find new solutions to ensure better lives for all of those in the north. PSE’s Luana Salles looks ahead to November’s event. For t...

Knowledge Quarter: the pieces of the jigsaw

22.10.18: Liverpool already boasts the best in class when it comes to innovation – but no city can rest on its laurels. Joe Anderson, the city’s mayor, talks about the ongoing development of the Knowledge Quarter Gateway. Knowledge is power. I...

Councillors approve plans for HS2 transformation at Leeds Station

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the area. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformational pl...

The Convention of the North

15.10.18: Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle on 6 September. The UK is the most politically centralised country in the Western world, and at the...

Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15.10.18: On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through the region in the first-ever Convention of the North. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester and...

One Yorkshire: Leaders submit another devolution bid with promise of £30bn boost

12.10.18: Local leaders in Yorkshire have asked the government to assist with the delivery of a One Yorkshire devolution deal after a new study has revealed that there is a “coherent Yorkshire economy.” A devolution deal could reportedly delive...

Exclusive: Government has ‘turned down the volume’ on Northern Powerhouse, says Burnham

01.10.18: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the government for flagging in its interest in the Northern Powerhouse, arguing that the Midlands Engine is being given a greater focus. In an exclusive interview with PSE, Burnham said that Wh...

Andy Burnham leads a host of speakers at People’s Powerhouse 2018

19.09.18: Andy Burnham is among those speaking at the People’s Powerhouse Convention, an event aiming to “let the people in” and give them a voice in decision-making. Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, will also speak at...

Northern Powerhouse exports on the rise with 3.5% increase in last year

10.09.18: Demand for goods created in the Northern Powerhouse continues to soar with sales in the region growing by 3.5% in the last year. Official figures released last week highlighted the value of goods on the quarter in 2018 rising from £14.5bn i...

Leeds council approves plans for ‘one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes’

21.08.18: Exciting regeneration plans for the South Bank area of Leeds have been approved by the city council following extensive consultation with landowners, stakeholders, businesses and the public – amounting to 32,000 individual responses received...

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with this iss...

A new era of opportunity for the north

13.08.18: It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), discusses how connectivity is the bedro...

Northern Powerhouse: From vision to reality

06.08.18: The Northern Powerhouse vision is finally within reach – it’s time we grasp that opportunity and turn it into reality, writes Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP). It is just over four years since the w...

Manchester approves £1bn plans for 15,000 new homes as part of Northern Gateway

26.07.18: Manchester City Council has approved 15,000 new homes over the next 15-20 years as part of the city’s ambitious ‘Northern Gateway’ project. Following a Cabinet meeting yesterday, the proposals, which include 3,000 affordable hom...