Local development as a strategic alternative in Fife

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Government, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Retail, Sustainability, Transition, Transition Network

Once again many will question the dependence on a global market economy as headlines shout, “China’s ‘Black Monday’ sends markets reeling”. For months, in a range of publications, Mohamed El-Erian, who chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, has been forecasting the risk of a ‘perfect storm’, adding that considering ‘its destructive potential, it warrants serious attention by policymakers’, though China […]

Creative devolution: Scottish government commissions review of its town centres

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Procurement, Retail, Transition

Some of the recommendations made by the panel of the National Review of Town Centres, which was chaired by architect Malcolm Fraser and included business figures and public bodies are: A “town centre first” principle whereby public bodies will consider how they can support town centres before considering development elsewhere. Working with housing providers to bring empty town centre properties […]