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LEPs Coordinators for Local Growth

LEPs Coordinators for Local Growth



Presentation made at the Carter Jonas Seminar on "The Planning Regime and Oxfordshire\'s Future Economy", 6th May 2011 at the Saïd Business School in Oxford

Presentation made at the Carter Jonas Seminar on "The Planning Regime and Oxfordshire\'s Future Economy", 6th May 2011 at the Saïd Business School in Oxford



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    • LEPs – Coordinators for Local Growth
      Dr Martin Dare-EdwardsChairman of Oxon-LEP
    • Outline
      Oxfordshire LEP Introduction
      Oxfordshire LEP Priorities
      Indications for role of LEPs vis-à-vis Planning
      Specific Opportunities – LEPs and Planning
      Final Remarks
      LEPs – Coordinators for Local Growth
    • Oxfordshire LEP
      Seizing our opportunity for Local Leadership in the Pursuit of “Outstanding” Growth in Oxfordshire
      “Touchstone” for all our activities:
      Increasing the number of Sustainable,High-Value-Adding jobs in our area
      Coordination for Coherence and Synergism:
      Prioritising our efforts to where we can add value(Row / Steer / Cheer approach)
      Will not impose on existing successful partnerships, but will strongly promote “unifications” or explicit collaborations
      Act as forum for issues that need assistance to resolve
      Foreseen role to drive/facilitate planning decisions that are consistent with our Touchstone and our Priorities
    • Oxfordshire LEP - Priorities
      Priority Work Themes:
      Supporting Inward Investment
      Identifying and Promoting “Clusters of Excellence”
      Supporting Existing Businesses to Innovate and Grow
      Specialised Supply Chains in High Growth Sectors
      Securing Investment for Enabling infrastructure Projects
      Next Generation Broadband Access
      Transport-Connectivity for Growth Hot Spots & “East-West”
      Addressing Skills Mismatches
      Raising aspirations and tailoring provision to business need
      Spatial Priorities
      Science Vale UK - National & International excellence for Science & Innovation
      Bicester – Drive to establish coherent Housing and Employment-based Development, inclusive of the Eco-exemplar
      Oxford – Continue to support our inward investment as world-class centre of education, research and innovation
    • Indications for role of LEPsvis-à-vis Planning
      DCLG Comments:
      “Intention for Localism Bill to have regard to role of LEPs for planning…across local authority boundaries…
      …keen to work with front-runners… Harnessing the powerful voice of business in planning decisions, facilitated by infrastructure development…leading production of strategic plans.”
      "Consistent with localism, we will not be prescribing planning roles for LEPs - it is for them to decide what roles they want to take on and on what basis they do this reflecting their needs, skills and ambitions."
    • Specific OpportunitiesLEP’s and Planning
      Enterprise Zones (11 announced, EOI’s invited for 10 more)
      Business Rate Discount: £55k pa for 5 years
      Business Rates Growth retained for 25 years
      Radically Simplified Planning via LDO Powers
      Support for Superfast Broadband
      Others: Capital allowances, Tax Increment Finance, UKTI support for inward investment
      Oxfordshire Perspective:
      Will be tough to make the grade, but we are exploring…
      EOI submitted, but no specific single site yet indicated
      Possible multi-site EZ, summing within 0.5-1.5 ha range
      Simplified/Speeded-up Planning seen as most substantial benefit so EZ vs use of LDO Powers only, may be marginal
    • Specific OpportunitiesLEP’s and Planning
      Business Improvement Districts
      5 yr plan of extra Revenue Raising for additional services
      Requires Ballot & Majority in favour (Oxford City’s bid did not gain a majority in 2008)
      Oxfordshire Perspective
      Oxford City considering to re-ballot
      No other cases yet considered
      Tax Increment Financing (2013/4 for implementation)
      Permission to borrow against future uplift in business rates, valuable to support infrastructure investment
      Oxfordshire Perspective
      No specifics yet but could have value to support Science Vale and Bicester South
    • Specific OpportunitiesLEP’s and Planning
      Local Development Orders
      Provide incentive for increased occupation of specific employment areas
      Investment in Business Parks could be supported by an LDO
      Could be basis of long-term partnership with district council with use of s106 agreements/Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that link more significant developments to infrastructure improvements
      Oxfordshire Perspective
      Potentially many opportunities across Oxfordshire
    • LEPs – Coordinators for Local Growth
      Final Remarks
      The Oxfordshire Strategic Planning & Infrastructure Partnership Board (SPIP) created a Local Investment Plan (focused on up to 5 years) in March 2010, based on Local Authority & SEEDA input
      The Oxfordshire LEP will now make specific business input to the SPIP providing greater drive for growth in high value-employment & the local economy
    • Oxfordshire LEP
      Backup Slide
    • Oxfordshire LEP – Modus Operandi
      • Executive (1+3+12) and overseeing Forum (1+ ~16)
      • Aim for Local Enterprise to be “Outstanding”
      • Proven Business Processes
      • Sharp Prioritisation
      • Clear Decision Taking Process
      • Action & Delivery Orientation
      • Working/Delivery Teams
      • “Row”, “Steer” and “Cheer” approach to Projects
      • Friends/Supporting Groups
      • “Oxfordshire Business First”, FSB, IoD, CBI, OTCN
      • “Distillation” and “Cascade” processes