LDAs GI strategy for Leeds
Leeds City Region Partnership (LCR), a group of 11 local authorities, hopes that the GI strategy will boost the region’s plans for regeneration and economic growth.
The Partnership wants the strategy to support delivery of a high-quality, resilient environment. Crucial to the success of the strategy will be the way it demonstrates the full economic value of green infrastructure and promotes future investment opportunities to the private, public and third sectors.
“Our recent green infrastructure work in the growth points and regeneration areas has given us a new insight into the challenges of proving the worth of this infrastructure in difficult economic times,” said Neil Homer of LDA Design. “Leeds City Region faces these same challenges and we hope to help local decision-makers determine how best to focus investment opportunities and shape future planning policy and development management practice.” The strategy will be prepared over the winter and will be presented to the Partnership’s Leaders Board in spring 2010.
The region is home to close to three million people, with a resident workforce of more than one million, 70,000 businesses and an economy worth £45bn per year. The LCR aims to achieve a £7bn boost in Gross Value Added to the region’s economy over the next decade.