Local Enterprise Partnerships

Council and business-led local enterprise partnerships were introduced by the coalition to replace regional development agencies


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Miliband to pledge 'radical' devolution to towns and cities

Miliband to pledge 'radical' devolution to towns and cities

08 April 2014

Labour would hand city and county regions that show they can deliver real economic leadership radical new powers and access to resources from Whitehall 'the like of which we have not seen in living memory', the party's leader Ed Miliband will say tod...

 
 
LEP economic plans 'not fit for strategic planning purpose'

LEP economic plans 'not fit for strategic planning purpose'

02 April 2014

Strategic economic plans that have been drawn up by business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to access devolved Whitehall funding 'are not fit for strategic planning purpose', according to a senior Planning Officers' Society (POS) figure.

 
 
LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

LEP chiefs: 'planning system acting as brake on growth'

01 April 2014

Senior figures from two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have warned that the planning system is acting as a brake on growth and that existing tools to speed the passage of development proposals are insufficient.

 
 
LEPs have 'informative role' in strategic planning

LEPs have 'informative role' in strategic planning

01 April 2014

Business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have an 'informative role' to play in strategic planning, according to the Planning Inspectorate's (PINS) director of plans.

 
 
CIL Watch: Councils consider plans to pool income from CIL

CIL Watch: Councils consider plans to pool income from CIL

28 March 2014

Three councils in Norfolk are considering plans to pool income from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) planning tariff to deliver infrastructure projects across their areas.

 
 
Sadek to advise cities minister on local growth

Sadek to advise cities minister on local growth

13 March 2014

Regeneration campaigner and developer Jackie Sadek has been appointed as policy adviser to cities minister Greg Clark.

 
 
'Unaccountable' LEP structure could limit their planning role, says report

'Unaccountable' LEP structure could limit their planning role, says report

12 March 2014

The potential role of business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in driving growth through the planning system could be undermined by their 'unaccountable' governance structure, according to a report by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)...

 
 
Enterprise bosses to address planning summit

Enterprise bosses to address planning summit

12 March 2014

Senior voices from business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) will be offering insight on their role in drawing up sub-regional growth plans at the inaugural National Planning Summit next month.

 
 
Sheffield enterprise zone to expand

Sheffield enterprise zone to expand

11 March 2014

The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone has announced plans to increase its size by 70 hectares, with the addition of nine new sites.

 
 
Moves: appointment at North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Moves: appointment at North East Local Enterprise Partnership

07 March 2014

Sophie Haagensen has joined the North East Local Enterprise Partnership as deputy director.

 
 
Revived Bristol Arena plans gather pace

Revived Bristol Arena plans gather pace

20 February 2014

Bristol City Council has agreed a £91 million funding package to progress work on long-delayed plans for a 12,000-capacity concert venue next to the city's main railway station.

 
 
Judge orders rethink of European funding allocations

Judge orders rethink of European funding allocations

11 February 2014

Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the north of England have had the government's cuts to their European funding ruled unlawful in the High Court.

 
 
Heseltine to help negotiate Local Growth Deals

Heseltine to help negotiate Local Growth Deals

22 January 2014

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has been appointed to help negotiate new deals with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to allow them more powers to boost economic growth.

 
 
Adviser: garden cities 'won't solve housing problem'

Adviser: garden cities 'won't solve housing problem'

22 January 2014

New garden cities would not be enough to solve England's housing crisis, the peer who advised the government on its recent planning guidance reduction exercise has warned.

 
 

Opinion

It's the 'duty to cooperate' and the 'right to grow', stupid!

It's the 'duty to cooperate' and the 'right to grow', stupid!

10 March 2014

David Marlow : 'Is there a potential disconnect between Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in their leadership of local growth and development?' More

 
 
Getting into governance for real decentralisation in 2015 and beyond

Getting into governance for real decentralisation in 2015 and beyond

24 February 2014

David Marlow : 'As Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and partners finalise their strategic economic plan submissions to government, the need for step change in leadership and governance of local economic growth has never been more appa...

 
 

Blogs

Chairmen of the boards

Chairmen of the boards

07 April 2011

A total of 32 local enterprise partnerships have now been approved, but most have yet to appoint a chair. Sarah Townsend enters the boardroom

 
 
Cheerleading for LEPs

Cheerleading for LEPs

09 March 2011

A Mipim session chaired by Adam Branson on local enterprise partnerships is music to Eric Pickles' ears

 
 

Legal lessons: Why LEPs should be incorporated

07 March 2011

Local enterprise partnerships have been issued a stark reminder that their powers would be limited unless they have some sort of legal 'personality', reports Sarah Townsend

 
 
Future of LEPs' planning role remains hazy

Future of LEPs' planning role remains hazy

28 February 2011

Sarah Townsend asks if local enterprise partnerships will be able to influence local plan-making to the extent they hope

 
 
Potential growth fund bidders in dark over Round 2

Potential growth fund bidders in dark over Round 2

01 February 2011

Demand for the three-year Regional Growth Fund is far outstripping supply, finds Sarah Townsend

 
 
Map: The 24 successful LEP bids

Map: The 24 successful LEP bids

29 October 2010

View an interactive map with details of the first wave of local enterprise partnerships

 
 

Video

Mark Prisk on the North-South divide

Mark Prisk on the North-South divide

15 October 2010

The business and enterprise minister explains why he thinks regional development agencies must be abolished

 
 
Grant Shapps on LEP funding

Grant Shapps on LEP funding

16 July 2010

Minister discusses local enterprise partnership funding with Richard Garlick

 
 

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