DLP (Planning) Limited attended the Insider Yorkshire Devolution. The well attended event was chaired by Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the LEP.
The background to the devolution proposals were provided with a potted history explaining that In October 2015, the Chancellor transferred national powers and control over funding from Central Government to the Sheffield City Region. This was championed with the headline figure of £900 million being provided to the region over the next 30 years to deliver major regeneration schemes, infrastructure and business enterprise. The deal was approved by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority on Thursday 31 March 2016.
There was a great emphasis on cultural change and shared goals between the private and public sector. The outcome of Brexit gives further emphasis to the need to communicate the regions success to people outside the city region. In leaving the European Union, the international community need to know what the region is about. This includes those opportunities to voice what the city region is proud of, where there are opportunities for improvements and setting goals which, when achieved, can be celebrated.
The event looked at the challenges and opportunities of greater devolution across the Sheffield City region in the context of the Northern Powerhouse concept. There was particular reference to the role of Universities in attracting graduates to stay and work in Sheffield, the uniqueness of Advanced Manufacturing and Research in the region as a driver for investment, growth and job creation. The Olympic Legacy Park was also highlighted as a flagship project for regeneration the Don Valley while Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail and major town centre improvements plans in Barnsley are also touchstones for the evolution of the city region.
DLP are proud to be involved in projects which are touchstones for delivering success across the city region.