The Government is today announcing a Growth Deal with the Humber LEP, which includes an investment package worth £366m and new devolution from national policy.
A total of £103.7m has been secured from the Local Growth Fund which will help alleviate flooding and support housing, transport, skills and business.
As well as a pre-allocation covering three projects, the Humber LEP negotiated to get 12 additional proposals funded, put forward by businesses, local authorities and education providers as part of a consultation process.
£12.67m of LGF will be spent on the 12 projects in 2015/2016 with £66.55m in the years to 2020, after a competitive bidding process against projects put forward by other LEPs. Many are major multi-year construction projects. A further £15.9m of LGF had already been allocated to transport projects in the area, bringing the total to £103.7m.
Overall the Local Growth Fund money will be matched by £98.5m investment from local partners and £165.1m investment from the private sector making a total investment package for the Humber region of £366.05m (TBC). This will see more than 6000 jobs created and 3000 safeguarded, in addition to short term construction jobs.
Protecting the region from flooding is one the main priorities with almost £48m LGF secured.
Flood defences will be improved at Albert Dock in Hull, which was affected by the December 2013 tidal surge; in Hull and Holderness close to Paull; and other parts of Hull and the East Riding. These projects will protect 90 per cent of the homes flooded in 2007 from future flooding.
A 6,000-home development in North Lincolnshire will also be made possible via the funding by building in flood defences.
In total 62,228 homes and 25,1485 sqm of commercial property will be protected from flooding.
The LEP has also negotiated for control over part of the national flooding budget to be devolved to the local area, giving long term certainty over funding and the potential to deliver more by driving efficiencies.
As well as the support for flood defences that will help to bring forward the building of 6,000 new homes as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development, £10m will also go towards continuing housing market regeneration in both east and west Hull which will see a further 1,500 homes built and a further 4,500 homes refurbished.
An additional £12.98m has been secured for transport projects, on top of the £15.9m already allocated.
£4m will go towards an enhanced footbridge over the A63 Castle Street in Hull to connect the city centre with Hull Marina, which will help unlock the Fruit Market development area as well as provide a safe route for events in the area.
There is also £7.5m, conditional on the outcome of the DfT funded feasibility study as well as an agreed business case, towards the electrification of the Hull to Selby line. The LEP and Hull City Council will also have the facility to access a discounted loan of circa £20m, which would help to reduce the cost of the project.
£1.48m will go towards junction improvements, public realm works and improved sustainable transport in Grimsby to help open up key gateway development site Cartergate – a high quality £12m mixed use development that will include 11,700sqm of commercial floorspace and create 275 jobs.
Three schemes had already been allocated LGF funding to start from 2015/16: a rail gauge enhancement scheme for freight from the South Humber Ports to Doncaster to enable larger loads to be carried; access improvements to Humberside Airport; and a transport scheme in Bridlington to enable development.
Skills and employment
To support skills development in the Humber, three key projects will share £4.5m of LGF:
· A £7.8m project to create a new-build logistics learning centre by Grimsby Institute that incorporates renewables, STEM subjects and environmental technology skills.
· A £7m scheme to create new training infrastructure at CATCH in North East Lincolnshire to provide specialist offshore wind training in working at heights, marine transfer and offshore survival training.
· A £1m project to expand Goole College’s vocational skills workshop including classroom refurbishment to provide engineering and renewables technologies training.
This will help to support a further 2030 additional learners in the Humber over the next 5-6 years.
As well as this the has LEP negotiated further flexibilities from the DWP to run pilots that would allow those on JSA to undertake more than the current 16 hours training a week that can help them into employment.
To continue to support businesses the LEP has secured a £4m capital extension to continue the successful Growing the Humber RGF grant programme, with £2m for 15/16 and £2m for future years, while extra funding has been agreed to continue the Humber LEP Growth Hub beyond its first year.
Lord Haskins, Chairman of the Humber LEP, said:
“This investment will enable us to put in place more of the critical infrastructure, including important flood defences, to maximise the potential of the Humber Estuary and help attract new investment and jobs to the area. With the Siemens announcement, the growing offshore wind sector in Grimsby and the potential of the Able Marine Energy Park, we are realising our ambition to become a national and international centre for renewable energy.
“But we can do more than that. Today’s announcement also means that we can continue our successful Growing the Humber capital grant programme for small and medium sized businesses, can support ambitious housing programmes in Hull and North Lincolnshire, and can establish the Humber as a major UK centre for offshore wind training. There is a renewed confidence in this area both locally and nationally and I welcome the continued support from Government for our growth plans.”
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said:
“I very much welcome the announcement that these bids into the Local Growth Fund have been successful. I am delighted that projects of such importance to Hull and the Humber have received funding. A number of the successful Hull projects are critically important for improving Hull’s economic performance, including assistance for the electrification of the Hull to Selby line and improving the internal connectivity of the City in relation to the bridge over the A63 at Castle Street, as well as the contribution towards improving the City’s housing provision.
“I particularly welcome the funding for flood protection at Albert Dock, which follows the significant damage and disruption caused by the December. 2013 tidal surge event. I realise that we are at the start of a new era in terms of relations between central and local government regarding how economic development is funded and sustained and I look forward, with my Humber colleagues and partners, to the further development of economic devolution, especially since Hull is on the cusp of the opportunities provided by the Siemens plans to manufacture wind turbines in Hull and Hull’s designation as UK City of Culture 2017. We look forward to further dialogue with the Humber LEP and the Government about how we can further develop the city as the recognised economic driver of the area.”
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We are delighted that these projects have secured support from the Local Growth Fund.
“Key to this area’s development is the growing renewables sector. Major Operations and Maintenance providers are now based at the Port of Grimsby, and to help serve these, with the support of LGF, we are going to provide specialist offshore wind training at CATCH.
“Additionally, in the centre of Grimsby, a new £8.78m infrastructure scheme will connect the north and south sides of the town centre to unlock some key development opportunities and high quality public spaces.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I welcome the Government’s announcement regarding Growth Deal funding for the East Riding and the wider Humber region, which will really help this area build on the momentum already achieved in terms of economic regeneration.
“Strategic investment, in things like infrastructure, across the region are vitally important in enabling the Humber to realise its ambition of becoming the UK’s Energy Estuary and also in helping the local economy of the region to flourish and prosper.”