£28bn growth plan to be unveiled (Demo)

A £28bn plan designed to underpin the economic growth of the Sheffield City Region, creating 70,000 jobs and 6,000 businesses, will be unveiled today (19 October 2016) at MIPIM UK.

The Integrated Infrastructure Plan – known as IIP – will outline how improvements being made to infrastructure across the region’s nine districts will be sped up.

Major projects identified as priorities include the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District; Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the surrounding area; maximising the benefits of HS2 in the region; and regeneration in town and city centres.

A team of private and public sector leaders and senior officers from Sheffield City Region will present the proposal at the country’s largest and most influential property and development showcase.

Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster and chair of the Combined Authority Infrastructure Executive Board, said: “Our region is a great place to do business and we already have a track record of delivering new infrastructure projects that bring economic growth, job creation and new housing.

“Schemes like Great Yorkshire Way, which opened earlier this year, linking Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the motorway network, demonstrate that putting the right infrastructure in place can have a huge impact.

“This plan is a visionary way forward and is designed to help the region achieve its ambitious key targets. I am very proud to have been involved with it and will be working hard with all our partners to ensure its success.”

Martin McKervey, a partner at international law firm Nabarro, chairman of the Sheffield City Region’s Infrastructure Development Group and a private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region LEP, added: “Delivering this plan will help make SCR ready for investors, and play a key part in the Northern Powerhouse.

“Thanks to devolution, and the funding it will bring, the plan can underpin our path as we take greater control over our future economic prosperity.

“It’s an exciting time for the Sheffield City Region and we can look ahead confident that we have a robust and pragmatic plan for achieving economic growth and jobs.”

Source: Matthew Ord, Insider Media, 19th October 2016

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