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Ellesmere Port Regeneration Programme – Economic Impact Assessment and Progress Review
20th July 2017 – ELLESMERE PORT REGENERATION PROGRAMME – ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PROGRESS REVIEW – Substantial progress has been made.
An independent review of progress of the Ellesmere Port Regeneration Programme has been undertaken on behalf of the Ellesmere Port Development Board (EPDB) and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The review has identified that substantial progress has been made in delivering economic growth outcomes. The review focussed primarily on delivery against the objectives of the Ellesmere Port Vision and Strategic Regeneration Framework (V&SRF, October 2011 updated June 2016) and our Economic Growth Strategy.
The overarching objectives of the programme have been to:
- attract and encourage investment to create local employment
- make local people proud of Ellesmere Port as a place to live, work and visit.
The review has identified that substantial progress has been made in delivering economic growth outcomes.
Jobs and employment
- 2,600 jobs created
- 9.7 per cent employment growth (2.1 per cent north west, 4 per cent Great Britain)
- Claimant count reduced 1,850 to 870 (Jan 2013 to Jan 2017)
- 30 per cent growth in enterprise (15.1 per cent north west, 7.3 per cent Great Britain)
- 976 homes completed with 1,128 currently under construction
- 5,533 homes consented against local plan target of 4,800 to 2030
- Developments by Barratts, Redrow, Countryside, MacBryde Homes, Bellway, Persimmon, Magenta, Sanctuary, Linden Homes, Amwyl
Private sector and inward investment
- Over £400 million invested to date with further £2 billion forecast
- Includes Regatta, Jaguar Land Rover / DHL, Westland Horticulture, Marks and Spencer, ESSAR, Peel (Protos), URENCO, Cheshire Oaks, University of Chester (Thornton Science Park)
Public sector support and investment
- £6 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to support £168m private sector investment
- £8 million Local Growth Funding (LGF) to support Public Services Hub
- Enterprise Zone (EZ) status secured for 10 key sites
- European Assisted Area Status secured 2014 – 2020
- Local Development Order (LDO) established for North Road Industrial Area
- Town Centre Improvement Programme (46 per cent shops on Whitby Rd improved)
- Includes academy school, Ellesmere Port Sports Village, West Cheshire College Campus, greenspaces, key gateways and corridors
The review concludes that very significant progress has been made, however substantial opportunities and challenges remain. The review encourages EPDB and the Council to evolve and focus future activities accordingly, in particular the need to drive the regeneration of the central area of Ellesmere Port and harness major investment activities in the pipeline throughout the town.
A copy of the full report can be provided upon request.
For further information contact: Chris Capes, Regeneration Programme Manager Ellesmere Port
Telephone: 01244 973164