Centre for Local  Economic Strategies Future Choices for our market towns Delivering economic development  Sarah Longlands...
<ul><li>Our work </li></ul><ul><li>Members </li></ul><ul><li>Publications  </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Research  </li></ul><u...
Emerging challenges  for market towns <ul><li>Economic downturn  – more pressure on market towns and their hinterlands </l...
<ul><li>Main aims of the SNR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create the conditions that will allow businesses to flourish </li></ul>...
<ul><li>New powers locally: </li></ul><ul><li>New statutory Economic duty on local authorities to make assessment of econo...
<ul><li>Strengthening accountability of RDAs and integrating agendas: </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened scrutiny arrangements...
<ul><li>Refocusing of policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration heavily focused on tackling worklessness  </li></ul><ul><li>C...
What does the Sub National Review mean for market towns? <ul><li>Relationship between Regional Development Agency and sub ...
BUT…… Are the recommendations within the Sub National Review fit for purpose given the current economic climate? Can our e...
<ul><li>Developing resilient market towns: </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient places – places which now and in the future can wit...
<ul><li>Developing a response to climate change challenge </li></ul><ul><li>How is your market town responding to climate ...
<ul><li>Linking new development with local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Linking new capital investment, e.g. housing and busi...
For more information  <ul><ul><li>Email: Sarahlonglands@cles.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web:  www.cles.org.uk  </li...
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Sarah Longlands Director, Policy Centre For Local Economic Strategy

  1. 2. Centre for Local Economic Strategies Future Choices for our market towns Delivering economic development Sarah Longlands Director of Policy
  2. 3. <ul><li>Our work </li></ul><ul><li>Members </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Research </li></ul><ul><li>Training and events </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy trading arm </li></ul>About CLES
  3. 4. Emerging challenges for market towns <ul><li>Economic downturn – more pressure on market towns and their hinterlands </li></ul><ul><li>Housing supply and demand as well as pressure from new developments </li></ul><ul><li>Transport and energy - cost implications for residents, business and new enterprise. </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of public services – Continued reductions in public purse </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change – risks and opportunities for rural areas, e.g. flooding, renewables, micro-generation etc </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic change , including, an ageing population and new migrants </li></ul><ul><li>Clunky planning system - dealing with new settlement growth and limiting enterprise. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Main aims of the SNR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create the conditions that will allow businesses to flourish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To strengthen economic growth in all regions – ensuring that no region is excluded from rising economic prosperity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give local areas and regions greater flexibility to respond to economic change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Followed up with proposals in the Sub National Review consultation </li></ul><ul><li>(March 2008) “Taking forward the Review of of Sub National Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Development and Regeneration ” </li></ul>Sub National Review (SNR) of Economic Development and Regeneration
  5. 6. <ul><li>New powers locally: </li></ul><ul><li>New statutory Economic duty on local authorities to make assessment of economic conditions in their areas ( upper tier and unitary local authorities). </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility of d elegation of RDA funding programmes to Local authorities for delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authority - lead delivery responsibility for 14-19 year old agenda with £7bn diverted from Learning and Skills Council (LSC) </li></ul>What the Sub National Review means for the delivery of economic development
  6. 7. <ul><li>Strengthening accountability of RDAs and integrating agendas: </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened scrutiny arrangements for RDAs, and development of new Leader Forum (4NW in the North West) </li></ul><ul><li>Formation of a Single Integrated Regional Strategy (SIRS) which will replace the regional economic strategy and attempt to integrate planning and transport alongside economic strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement for greater sub regional co-operation through Multi Area Agreements </li></ul>What the Sub National Review means for the delivery of economic development
  7. 8. <ul><li>Refocusing of policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration heavily focused on tackling worklessness </li></ul><ul><li>Clear focus on continued economic growth with a new regional performance growth target PSA7 </li></ul><ul><li>Make sustainable improvements in the economic performance of all English regions and over the long term reduce the persistent gap in growth rates between the regions” </li></ul><ul><li>( Measured using the trend rate of growth in Gross Value Added (GVA) per head in each region) </li></ul>What the Sub National Review means for the delivery of economic development
  8. 9. What does the Sub National Review mean for market towns? <ul><li>Relationship between Regional Development Agency and sub regional partnerships and the Local Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Positioning of market town agenda in relation to the authority/sub region </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development assessment Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Underlines the role of Local Councils in economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an evidence base to link to regional integrated strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Linking the needs of market towns to this economic assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Re-emphasising the importance of Local/Multi Area Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution of market towns to these agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Positioning of market towns in relation to these structures </li></ul>
  9. 10. BUT…… Are the recommendations within the Sub National Review fit for purpose given the current economic climate? Can our existing strategies deliver economic development which can withstand the economic shocks that lie ahead?
  10. 11. <ul><li>Developing resilient market towns: </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient places – places which now and in the future can withstand environmental and economic shocks and changes, repel negative factors and come back from adversity </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipating how current challenges will impact upon market towns </li></ul>Considerations for future delivery
  11. 12. <ul><li>Developing a response to climate change challenge </li></ul><ul><li>How is your market town responding to climate change? </li></ul><ul><li>Considering the opportunities of a low carbon economy through new technology, new skills, new business. E.g. business clusters at Ashton Hays and Kirklees </li></ul><ul><li>Energy supply and demand </li></ul><ul><li>Options around micro-generation, renewables, efficiency </li></ul>Considerations for future delivery
  12. 13. <ul><li>Linking new development with local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Linking new capital investment, e.g. housing and business infrastructure, with the local economy, for example, local employment, skills development, local supply chains </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector employment </li></ul><ul><li>Supports local employment and local supply chains </li></ul><ul><li>Can provide an important buffer in market towns </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how can use public economy smartly in market towns </li></ul>Considerations for future delivery
  13. 14. For more information <ul><ul><li>Email: Sarahlonglands@cles.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web: www.cles.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone: 0161 236 7036 </li></ul></ul>

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