We will enhance growth opportunities in targeted locations and help our area remain distinctive
With the largest geographical area of all 39 LEPs across England, two national parks, thriving historic towns and cities and a beautiful coastline we are well placed, with successful and distinct locations across our region. We have committed to doubling house building and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2021.
To do that we are unlocking growth and development prospects across the area in line with our other priorities. As well as these established locations we have great assets and opportunities for future growth across our region. We know that businesses locate where they can access markets and supply chains, and attract skilled people due to the great quality of life offered.
For successful growth in our region, long-term planning is essential. Developing investment plans for growth towns and rural areas is a key priority for the LEP and its partners. In this case, having the whole picture is far more valuable than the individual parts, so spatial planning and looking at housing and employment with the local authorities is one of our key roles to be able to plan and shape the future of our area.
We are in a unique position to realise Investment Plan ambitions, having access to a variety of funding from Government and other sources, including the Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund. We anticipate future rounds of funding becoming available and are actively establishing a pipeline of investment through our work with partners.
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Growing Places funded projects
To date, we have invested in the following:
- The expansion of Whitby Business Park, which was provided with £2.5 million
- £0.5 million for an infrastructure works investment programme on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
- £0.9 million for the expansion of A1M50 Melmerby Business Park, Ripon.
- £2.7 million towards the development of the National Agri-Food Campus at Sand Hutton, York
- £2.95 million loan investment in expanding the logistics capacity in the key location of Sherburn, via the Sherburn2 Business Park.
Developing our growth corridor
The A1 /A19 growth corridor provides one of our key transport networks for our region. Our growth projects will create new homes and job opportunities along this corridor to support our ambitions.
There is major investment around the Selby area, from the new technologies in biomass and carbon capture and storage that will drive economic growth. The Olympia Park site in Selby has been given funding from Local Growth Fund, totalling £11.5 million as well as investments from Leeds City Region LEP. Within the plans the development will unlock more than 800 new homes and create around 2,000 jobs. Development of the site will radically improve the entrance into Selby from the north, providing a modern feel. The investment from the LEP will address one of the site’s exceptional costs, supporting a new bridge over the railway line which is part of the site’s access requirements.
We’re enabling major growth at Catterick Garrison; its footprint is strikingly different to the other rural towns in the LEP area. Our £1.2 million investment is part of a major investment in the area which will create 1,900 new homes and hundreds of jobs. The LEP’s investment will upgrade the A1, enabling effective connections to other parts of the region. As well as this, the centre of Catterick Garrison will be developed, creating a modern town centre, which will encourage growth.
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The Skipton Flood Alleviation Project
The Growth Deal investments agreed in January 2015 provided funding for the Skipton flood alleviation project, which is already on its way.
The LEP has provided £1.2 million towards the £13.8 million project which will reduce the risk of flooding for more than 500 town centre homes and businesses and for road and rail routes that serve existing homes and businesses in Skipton. The better flood protection is vital to the local economy; it will open the doors for potential business development and expansion in the area. The work has already started and the project will enable eight hectares of land situated to the west of the town to be developed.
Extending growth into north Northallerton
The north Northallerton development site has the potential to build 950 homes and create around 600 new jobs in the area, as around 8.5 hectares of employment land – in addition to the already successful north Northallerton Industrial Estate – will be created. It’s a priority in the North Yorkshire Housing Strategy and Local Investment Plan.
To enable that growth, the LEP is contributing £6 million of Local Growth Funding which will add capacity to the local road network. This will be done by building a road which will include a rail bridge, therefore reducing the amount of traffic which will need to cross the current level crossing and then pass through Northallerton town centre.
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Regeneration of the coast
Scarborough is a hive of activity in three different areas; a new university campus, proposals for a £2 billion Potash development and new sea-front attractions, expected to attract an extra 500,000 to the resort.
With these developments will come new jobs and at the LEP we are working with partners to unlock major housing growth in the area. Middle Deepdale has 92 acres of developable land, with the potential to build more than 1,300 homes. The LEP’s £2.3 million investment looks at the infrastructure needs of the project, which is around the highway changes that will be required to unlock the full potential of the site.
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