Battle of the engines: arc is most active

The Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford arc has seen a greater density of planning activity over the last three years than the UK’s other growth engines, according to research from Radius Data Exchange. Looking at commercial permissions in the office, retail and industrial sectors between 2016 and 2018, the arc accounts for roughly 52.5m sq ft of consents, while the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine have seen 94.2m sq ft and 87.1m sq ft respectively. However, given that the arc is substantially smaller than the other growth engines, it comes out on top in terms of permissions by density, with 18,100 sq ft