Dartmoor and South Hams included in Plymouth freeport area

Dartmoor to be re-industrialised under “permitted development rights”? Why does the Plymouth “Freeport” have to include most of West Devon? Looks unbelievably dangerous for the environment.- Owl William Telford http://www.devonlive.com Tax-break industrial sites with relaxed planning rules could be set up anywhere in the South Hams or on Dartmoor as part of Plymouth’s new freeport, […]

Hold the Plymouth Gold Rush!

Labour accuses minister of ‘catastrophic blunder’ over freeports ITV Newswww.itv.com Manufacturers based in Boris Johnson’s new freeports will not be able to enjoy the full benefits if they are exporting to a series of countries with which the UK has signed post-Brexit trade deals. The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have championed freeports – […]

Individuals taxed according to postcode – Truss plans low regulation “investment zones”

Liz Truss is planning to levy lower tax rates and strip out regulations in certain parts of the country picked by the government. Readers, you need to get your heads around the implications of this extension to the “freeports” that Boris Johnson announced. As with freeports these low tax, low regulation investment zones will probably […]

‘Sheep or jobs – your choice!’

Councillors debate what a freeport will mean Councillors in South Hams were asked to choose between sheep and jobs  – including an exchange about the relative merits of eating grass or money – during a debate about the planned Plymouth and South Devon Freeport. Philip Churm, local democracy reporter http://www.radioexe.co.uk Langage Energy Park (image courtesy: […]

Sunak and Truss told: “Westcountry needs proper levelling-up support”

Business Leaders send message to candidates ahead of Monday’s “closed hustings” in Exeter (second after Leeds) according to Western Morning News. Tim Jones (who seems to have been a local business leader for ever) said “the current devolution discussions are a fig leaf”. [Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have given a full-throated commitment to “levelling […]

Our Local Enterprise Partnership gets it wrong (again) or Government isn’t listening

Our LEP has been spending its effort in backing a “Freeport” bid centred on Bridgewater, did we know? “Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset – Heart of the south west LEP” But yesterday the Government chose Plymouth instead.  From heartofswlep.co.uk “Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop […]