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Draft Wakefield Growth Plan

Published 5th Jan 2012 by Rebecca Walker

The draft Economic Growth Plan will replace the existing Economic Regeneration Strategy produced in 2007 and is being produced in the context of a significantly changing economic, political and budgetary climate.

The draft Economic Growth Plan will replace the existing Economic Regeneration Strategy produced in 2007 and is being produced in the context of a significantly changing economic, political and budgetary climate.

The strategic issues the district faces in terms of economic growth are:

  • Supporting new business growth in key sectors and move to a higher skill, higher wage economy, making the most of the district’s key assets to attract new investment
  • Counteracting the effect of public sector budget cuts with strong support for private sector growth
  • Tackling poor educational performance and low levels of adults skilled to Level 3 and above, and encourage the creation and take up of higher level skilled employment
  • Continuing to address worklessness, tackle barriers to business formation/growth and deprivation in the priority areas of the district
  • Maintaining the momentum of the regeneration programme and capture its benefits for local people.

The purpose of the Economic Growth Plan is therefore:

  • To help the local economy overcome the effects of the recession
  • To set the direction of the District’s economy for 2012-2017
  • To set out priority actions

Priorities for action in the Plan are identified under three themes:

  1. Business
  2. Places
  3. People

In producing the Economic Growth Plan Wakefield Council are embracing the critical role their partners and stakeholders will play in both shaping the economic vision for the area, delivering supporting activities and, ultimately, facilitating sustainable economic growth in the Wakefield District.  With this in mind, the Council would like to maximise engagement with partners, businesses and residents at this early stage to ensure that the Economic Growth Plan reflects real business and community needs.

This plan builds on existing regeneration policies such as the Local Development Framework and local economic evidence and sets out initial ideas on how Wakefield Council want to work with partners to prioritise and support local job growth and opportunity for all.

Wakefield Council are keen to gain your opinions on the three themes and how these will be delivered.  The consultation period will take place between 14 December 2011 and 29 February 2012.

Your views will allow the District Council to prioritise activity over the coming years and will be used in the production of a final plan, which the Council aim to publish in June 2012.

A copy of the Economic Growth Plan is available here.


Have your say

You can make your suggestions directly to the Council and Wakefield Enterprise Partnership via the online questionnaire and survey form (opens in new window), or by emailing the Council directly at ecodev@wakefield.gov.uk or contacting:

Wakefield Council
Economic Development Policy Manager
Newton Bar
Leeds Road
Wakefield
WF1 2TX

Tel 01924 305822


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