About this blog

Welcome to Cliff Hague’s exclusive blog for Planning magazine.

Cliff has played a leading role in the Commonwealth Association of Planners. He leads the Royal Town Planning Institute‘s team that provides the UK contact point for the European Observatory on Territorial Development and Cohesion. He is one of the authors of Regional and Local Economic Development (Palgrave), which takes a global view on policies and practices, using case studies from five continents. He works as a freelance consultant and researcher and has been involved in several European-funded (INTERREG and INTERACT) projects. He is Chair of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Urbanisation.

Cliff’s World View blog casts an experienced eye over what’s happening in planning, regeneration and local economic development in the wider world. Follow it to hear what’s new in the world of planning from Beijing to LA, Cape Town to Lappland. You can also follow him on http://twitter.com/#!/CliffHague.

  • gillian Balfe (formerly Speirs)

    Former student of Cliff”s at Heriot- Watt 1984 -1986. Cliff taught me the principles of Planning. Pragmatic and always passionate. Planning has lost its way. Town Centre Management is losing its focus, BID’s are taking over but I still have my doubts about privatising town centres. Best regards to Cliff. This has given me hope!!!
    Kind regards to all.

    • Good to hear from you Gillian. US expereience with BIDS suggests you are right to have reservations. Never lose hope! Best wishes, Cliff.

  • gillian Balfe (formerly Speirs)

    Wonderful to hear from you. Michael Bach attends our London Region ATCM meetings and attempts to keep us on the ball with what is happening in the world of planning. i was made redundant last year and am going it alone! If you need an inexpensive enthusiastic researcher I’m your woman!!! Contributed to the Markets 21 document – NABMA wesite. They are going down the tubes in the UK.

    • Yes tough times at the moment. Sorry to hear of the redundancy. Hope things work out for you. All the best.

  • Lucy Natarajan

    Cliff,
    It is so good to see you are blogging, I always look forward to hearing your thoughts on developments in urban planning, now I don’t have to wait til I get back from Asia!
    Keep it up!
    Lucy

    • Thanks Lucy. If you have any good stories for the blog do get in touch.