Filton Enterprise Area - consultation on proposed boundary
The West ofEngland(WofE) Enterprise Areas were designated by the WofE Local Economic Partnership (LEP) at the same time as the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone was announced. Unlike the Enterprise Zone, the Enterprise Areas did not have a nationally recognised status, but nevertheless were intended to be an important focus for economic growth in the sub-region.
Since this announcement, matters have moved on and the Enterprise Areas are now potentially an important element within the Bristol City Region City Deal, the details of which are currently being negotiated between the 4 unitary authorities and central government. One proposition is that the non-domestic rates growth within the Enterprise Areas over the next 30 years should be retained within the WofE region for investment in infrastructure to help maximise the economic growth potential of the sub-region.
As a result of this development, and the stage that the council has now reached in its own strategic plan-making (with the Core Strategy now at an advanced stage in the process towards adoption), the council has decided that it would be appropriate to confirm the formal boundaries for each of the Enterprise Areas and where appropriate to consult on this with the key stakeholders.
The boundaries of the Enterprise Areas were informally established at the time of the original designation of the Enterprise Areas, and the council feels that those for the Avonmouth / Severnside Enterprise Area and the Emersons Green Enterprise Area are sufficiently self-evident and self-contained as to not require any adjustment or further consultation. However, for the reasons set out below the council is seeking views on the boundary of the Filton Enterprise Area before formal confirmation.
The Filton Enterprise Area
The council is seeking views on whether the Filton Enterprise Area should include the Cribbs Causeway area, as well as the proposed employment land on the airfield, and to the north and east of this, as originally proposed.
This option would enable any rates growth within the Cribbs Causeway area over the next 30 year to be added into the proposed city deal investment pot rather than being left outside this arrangement. There may also be a benefit in having a broader range of commercial activity included within the Enterprise Area.
The alternative option would be to have a smaller boundary for the Enterprise Area, excluding Cribbs Causeway. The pros and cons of each option will need to be assessed by the council at the end of the consultation process, taking account the views expressed by stakeholders.
To view the proposed boundary of the Filton Enterprise Area, please click here
The council sees the boundary setting for each of the EAs to be the first step in a much wider and inclusive process of engagement with all stakeholders about developing the vision, priorities and project planning to bring forward sustainable economic development. We will be bringing forward our proposals for this in the near future.
The Policy and Resources committee of South Gloucestershire Council has determined that the aims within these areas will include:
- Safeguarding future economic prosperity
- Integrated development - to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared with surrounding communities
- Aligned education, skills and training - to ensure local people are best placed to take advantage of jobs growth
- Targeted infrastructure investment opportunities - to ensure growth targets are achieved and wherever possible accelerated
Have your say
To tell us your views on the proposed boundary for the Filton Enterprise Area you can:
- Email: email@example.com
- Write to: FREEPOST RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council,Enterprise AreaConsultation, Council Offices,Castle Street, Thornbury,Bristol,BS35 1HF
- Phone: 01454 868154
The closing date for comments is the 12th October 2012.
This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.
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