making sense of place economics

Local growth plans

Local growth plans

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New functional economic geographies have been defined through Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities. Incisive analysis and fresh thinking is required to identify the drivers and risks that will influence local growth prospects and trajectories for these redefined economic areas.

New statutory planning instruments, such as Neighbourhood Plans, simplification of Local Development Frameworks and a 'duty to cooperate' on planning agencies, all aim to accelerate development in response to local needs.

GENECON prepares spatial analyses of sub-regions and local economies to support planning and investment strategies.

We have:

  • developed a Growth Model for Essex to measure the economic impact of the County Council's Capital Programme
  • prepared a refreshed Growth Strategy for Redcar & Cleveland Borough;
  • prepared a growth accelerator strategy for Blackpool & the Fylde Coast;
  • devised the economic strategy for Northstowe, Cambridge, on behalf of the HCA and its partners, the largest new town being developed in the UK;
  • prepared the economic strategy to support a new masterplan for the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth;
  • advised Sheffield City Region LEP on Enterprise Zone designation;
  • supported Coast to Capital LEP in establishing its Growing Places Fund;
  • facilitated the refresh of the East Riding of Yorkshire's Economic Strategy;
  • devised a spatial plan for South Yorkshire identifying the economic advantages of cross-boundary collaboration between local authorities;
  • led the preparation of the pioneering Leeds City Region Housing & Regeneration Strategy;
  • worked with local authorities in East Kent to establish a collaborative approach to planning and development delivery;
  • advised the HCA on a strategic spatial approach to investment in the regeneration and growth of former coalfield settlements across Durham;
  • prepared place analyses for private developers to support planning cases for major residential and commercial developments