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Planning for the growth of tech and advanced manufacturing


The Information Technology (tech) and Advanced Manufacturing (AM) sectors are among the main drivers of growth in metropolitan areas today. This growth means that the tech and AM spatial footprint is increasingly evident in urban areas, which raises the question of how cities should respond.

The role of planning

This project argues that planning is crucial to ensuring both that the conditions are in place for the flourishing of tech and AM, and that their growth benefits the city as a whole. Planned innovation districts can provide the conditions for tech and AM to flourish, while planned growth in these sectors can support cities in addressing long term challenges such as employment and skills, education, transport, and housing.

Tech CoverPlanning and tech

Through the use of case studies and evidence drawn from interviews and round tables, this report articulates the role planning has to play in creating the kind of places that attract tech and AM,  and its role in ensuring that growth in tech and AM benefits the local economy.

Read the full paper here.

Digital Economy coverThe digital economy and town planning

In May 2017 we published practice advice that builds on our policy paper. It demonstrates what planners can do to ensure the right conditions are in place for the growth of the tech sector. It also highlights the opportunities new technology offers for planning. View here.