For those firms that spend time investing in the West Country, the rewards are bountiful. While the economy cools elsewhere, the South West continues to attract substantial outside investment.
In July 2007, local government minister John Healey announced that district councils would be scrapped across five county councils, including Cornwall. Merging the six district councils with the county council is the equivalent of a £1.2bn merger and will create a raft of legal issues for the region.
In the report below, Foot Anstey's head of planning Gareth Pinwell, previously chief executive of Cornish district council Restormel Borough Council, discusses what challenges such a merger will pose.
And on www.thelawyer.com, you can find Ashfords partner John Bosworth discussing the legal and planning implications of the rash of new housing developments in the region.