With almost £20m Local Growth Fund (LGF) released for this year and £40m approved for release next year the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal is supporting projects that help to drive the growth of the Humber economy.
Joined with partner and private sector funding the current projects will help to create an infrastructure that supports growth by improving access by road and rail, safeguarding from flooding, support businesses by unlocking projects to provide the right office space, build or improve sustainable housing and regenerate towns and cities.
The projects which help to deliver the aims of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) are identified by our partners and progressed through our sub boards before gaining approval and being ratified via the Humber Leadership Board and our main Board.
Ten of the 28 projects from rounds one and two of the Growth Deal are underway. Each with their own planning processes through partners and local authorities the Growth Deal is a part of the jigsaw that connects a large network of people, teams, businesses, organisations and funding working towards improving the region.
And in the background we are developing a project pipeline to help us bid for future funding.
In January five projects were approved with £0.75m released for the A1105 Anlaby Road / Park Street bridge strengthening, a key city centre diversion route for Hull, Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan Phase 2 will see £5.75m LGF go towards further improvements to roads, footpaths and cycle access in the seaside town as well as improvements to parking facilities.
Flooding mitigation also featured with the approval of £3m for Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme, while regeneration projects will see the release of £3m for Repurposing Hull’s Old Town, with more than half a million for an enterprise hub in Scunthorpe’s Westcliff area.
Previous approvals include infrastructure and enabling works in Grimsby town centre to improve highways and the look of the area to unlock a major mixed use development including ‘grade A’ office accommodation, improvements to Humberside International Airport access routes, support to enable the increasing demand for high cube container freight by rail from the South Humber Ports to Doncaster, and a learning centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors – Modal – the first in the UK to offer integrated logistics training for sea, road, rail and air.
At first these may seem like ad hoc projects but when joined up with the bigger picture of area development, regeneration projects, transport schemes, skills provision or Enterprise Zone sites you can see the bigger picture on how these projects will benefit the region.
For example, in Hull, the approval to project spend of £3m LGF to support a project to improve Hull’s Old Town and another LGF supported project working its way through the approvals process to release £4m for an iconic bridge connecting the city with its waterfront is will help the areas to have a strong economic presence and play a strong at the heart of the City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
While the investment in skills provision to serve the needs of emerging and existing Humber businesses is supported by the Humber LEP’s employment and skills strategy implementation plan to address the wider needs of creating a productive and skilled workforce in the Humber.
The LGF supported modal logistics learning hub from project sponsor Grimsby Institute of further and Higher education is a key piece of the jigsaw of how the skills team at the Humber LEP are working with colleges, the University of Hull and specialist training providers to develop the facilities, skills and employment support.
Growth Deal supported work at Goole College on workshop modernisation to include a logistics hub and construction workshop and a proposed offshore training facility Catch near Immingham builds on the work to align skills provision and invest in facilities at the region’s colleges and training hubs that begun under the City Deal.
The work feeds into the Humber Energy Campus a virtual campus that offers the skills support needed for businesses and those seeking career paths to access the jobs.
While flood defence projects will see 62,228 properties and 251,485sqm of commercial floorspace safeguarding more than 3,000 jobs as part of £48m LGF raft of projects, that also involves flood risk strategy in North Lincolnshire to enable the Lincolnshire Lakes development of 6,000 homes, office space and help to protect two existing villages.
The Humber LEP was granted £113m LGF in July 2014 to support Humber Projects that contributes to a total local investment of £367m across 19 projects
A further £9.9m was granted in January 2015 to develop 9 projects on both banks of the Humber, which coupled with the £37m local investment, amounts to just under £47m capital injection into the area.
A call for projects which ended in January saw more than 40 projects ideas submitted. We will workshop the ideas and themes from these to be ready for future opportunities of funding.