£15.4m investment for York & North Yorkshire04 August 2020
Infrastructure schemes to benefit from £15.4m secured by York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership have been announced.
Money has come from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, following a bid by the LEP in June which outlined a list of local projects capable of boosting economic recovery from COVID-19. Ten projects have now had funding allocated and are now in line to receive a share of the £15.4m pot.
David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “The LEP has a vision for economic recovery from COVID-19, which highlights a greener, fairer, stronger, future for York & North Yorkshire. These 10 schemes reflect those values and also offer resilience for our region’s infrastructure, rejuvenation for town and city centres, fresh learning and skills provision and new business and job opportunities – particularly in areas which depend on tourism. We’re delighted to have been able to secure funding to help them progress.”
The 10 projects to have Getting Building Fund money allocated are:
- North Yorkshire Digital Infrastructure Programme. Lead organisation: North Yorkshire County Council
This includes making improvements to town centre wi-fi across North Yorkshire and improved digital connectivity for business parks.
- Thornton Rd Business Park Phase Three, Pickering. Lead local authority partner: Ryedale District Council
Site preparation to enable development of a business park.
- Whitby Business Park. Lead organisation: Scarborough Borough Council
Creation of new space within Whitby Business Park aimed at micro and small businesses.
- A19, Chapel Haddlesey. Lead organisation: North Yorkshire County Council
Repairs to a key link road and embankments badly damaged by flooding earlier this year.
- Digital Skills Academy. Lead organisation: Askham Bryan College
To construct a learning space providing digital skilling and re-skilling opportunities.
- Electric car and green skills. Lead organisation: Scarborough TEC
Funding will support electric vehicle education and training.
- Increasing technical skills capabilities in electric vehicle technologies. Lead organisation: York College
Electric vehicle skills development at York College.
- Harrogate West Business Park. Lead organisation: Harrogate Borough Council
Investment for site infrastructure for the development of two employment units.
- Enhancement to the Digital Hub, Central Northallerton. Lead organisation: Hambleton District Council
A town centre building will be re-purposed as an e-Campus that will provide the local community with a micro-university environment.
- York Guildhall fit-out. Lead organisation: City of York Council
Internal fit-out of the historic Guildhall building for use as high-quality office space and business start-up location.
With the funding allocation and list of preferred projects now agreed by government, the next stage of the process will see the LEP Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board consider each project for final funding approval. In the case of the A19 Chapel Haddlesey project, public consultation is also required – further details of which are available on the LEP consultation webpage here. When funding is formally agreed, schemes will then be required to be implemented within 18 months. As is standard for such projects, funding in full is subject to project milestones being completed. Funding is released as projects move forward.
In recent years, investment secured by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been committed to a range of projects that stimulate economic growth. This investment has been shown to lever private investment – for every £1 of LEP investment, a further £9 is invested from the private sector.
Find out more about Greener, Fairer, Stronger – the LEP’s vision for COVID-19 economic recovery here.
Notes to editors
Link to Gov.uk story:
‘£1.3 billion investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs’ 04.08.20
Link to pdf on Gov.uk:
Further details of allocation by area – York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership