Is our Local Enterprise Partnership attempting to hi-jack housing and infrastructure funding and control?

Yet another attempt by this unelected bunch of conflicted business people to suck up funding meant for local councils:

“…
Recommendations
2.1. 1.
That the Joint Committee pursue an area-based package to accelerate housing delivery which, at headline level, should include:

a. Resourcing of a strategic delivery team (capacity funding)
b. A major infrastructure delivery fund to unlock growth
c. A small schemes liquidity fund to bring forward stalled sites

2. That the proposed package as set out in appendix 1 is agreed as an
appropriate package to accelerate housing delivery across the HotSW
geography.

3. That the proposed package as set out in appendix 1 is used by officers as
the basis for future engagement with central government and its agencies in seeking to secure a bespoke deal for the HotSW area to structurally embed collaboration with central government on housing delivery.

4. That the Task Force seeks to now engage with senior figures within both Homes England and the MHCLG Growth and Delivery Unit to understand their appetite for driving growth and willingness to work with the Joint Committee on some kind of housing deal.

5. That the Task Force brings back any updates or progress to the Joint Committee to consider in due course.”

https://democracy.devon.gov.uk/documents/s26163/HotSW%20JC%20-%20Housing%20Task%20Force%20report.pdf

The appendix on pages 5 and 6 is particularly worrying.

And where does this leave the (stalled due to political changes) Greater Exeter Strategic Plan?

2 thoughts on “Is our Local Enterprise Partnership attempting to hi-jack housing and infrastructure funding and control?

  1. Dear Owl

    Have I got the wrong end of the stick or is this a claim from an unelected body that is also unaccountable asking for control of significant funds from somewhere in the public purse to pursue programs that ‘structurally embed’ themselves into any development processes and activities taking place in the region, and empower them to direct all such activities?

    Maybe they see the democratic process, local planning and so on, as having no place in their perceived direct interface into servicing the desires of central government. After all, who needs local democracy when self-elected industry can make all the profit (sorry, decisions) to benefit from the local economy? Presumably that is why housebiulders are highly profitable and house prices unaffordable to mere mortals. Strange that building houses doesn’t create jobs or build infrastucture.

    Yours aye

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