"This is not to remove the role of the government, which needs to act quickly to make towns like Consett some of the most attractive places to do business in. Barriers to job creation, such as national pay bargaining, need to be addressed and the private sector incentivised to invest here, building on the enterprise-zone concept. And government should consider the economic benefits of revitalising struggling towns when making big infrastructure decisions.
"Preston has shown the way. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of private sector jobs in this northern town increased by 16% – the third-highest increase in the country. This was partially a result of a sensible pro-development planning policy, so private sector business could build where they needed to, rather than where council officials dictated."
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