Planning roundup

The Centre for Cities think tank is calling for the establishment of a Cities and Prosperity Act in the first year of the new Parliament to overcome the barriers currently holding back UK cities from realising their potential. The Act would introduce a presumption in favour of devolution, and legislate to enable governance, finance, skills, housing and transport reforms – as the five most critical levers to drive growth and renewal in UK cities.

More doubts are being expressed about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar according to Construction Week. FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger is reported to have said in Sport Bild: "I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," the German told Sport Bild on Monday. "Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions," he said.