The £28billion way forward

Published 20th December 2016 at 3:23pm

The Sheffield City Region, the economic public-private sector partnership driving business growth and jobs creation, has launched a £28billion plan detailing how it will achieve its ambitious targets over the next decade.

The ‘Integrated Infrastructure Plan’ – known as the IIP – will underpin the economic growth of the Sheffield City Region, creating 70,000 new jobs and 6,000 new businesses.

The IIP – the first of its kind outside London – details how the SCR will speed up improvements to infrastructure for key projects across the region’s nine districts. Speeding up basic infrastructure construction will enable important projects to go ahead and boost the SCR economy.

Transport, investment-ready commercial space, digital connections, good quality new homes, improved flood defences and sustainable energy are all important aspects of infrastructure.

Major projects identified as priorities for infrastructure input include the world-leading 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 region-wide view of infrastructure needs for major projects, and a joined-up approach to meeting them are seen as essential to attract the private sector investment needed to achieve the plan’s targets.

Examples of projects where a seamless approach to infrastructure is planned include:

  • A61 Corridor and Chesterfield; improve A61, A619 and A617; provide infrastructure to support the Avenue and Staveley Works developments, tackle flood risk at railway station.
  • Sheffield City Centre – a need to tackle broadband gaps, tackle flooding risk, support the Retail Quarter and maximise the benefits of an HS2 station.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District – provide better transport connections; speed energy generation; tackle flood risk.
  • Airport Corridor – provide rail connection and improve station; provide large industrial buildings to support aviation and engineering businesses.

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.

“Since it opened, the airport is enjoying a record year, with new operators and routes, the £500million iPort has already announced three tenants and the first tranche of new homes are being built. It’s a £56million road that is enabling and securing around £1.7billion of new private sector investment.

“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 is a partner at international law firm Nabarro LLP. He is also the Chair of the SCR’s Infrastructure Development Group, and a private sector board member of the SCR LEP. He added: “The IIP has been constructed to be outcome focused and aligned with the objectives set out in the region’s Strategic Economic Plan.

“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. We have the freedom to choose the solutions that work for our area.

“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.”

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