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City deal signed for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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The UK and Scottish governments have signed a £90.2 million city region deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, which aims to 'drive economic growth across the region'.

Each government will invest £45.1 million, as they work alongside Stirling Council and Clackmannanshire Council, as well as regional partners, to deliver the deal, including new and up-skilled jobs across a range of sectors.

The deal will see the creation of a new International Environment Centre to draw together academic expertise from across Scotland, the UK and the world. It is expected to connect environmental research with business opportunities and training, “and will take full advantage of the natural environment and heritage of the region”.

New and improved active travel routes will be supported through the deal, with Transport Scotland to work with partners to identify investments to improve regional connectivity between Stirling, Alloa and outlying settlements.

Ministry of Defence land will be released to the councils to align with their housing and business plans.

David Mundell, Scottish secretary, said: “The ambitious and innovative deal will drive economic growth across the region, creating jobs and boosting prosperity for generations to come. It is now for Stirling and Clackmannanshire to get on with the hard work needed to turn these proposals into a reality.”

Stirling Council leader, Scott Farmer, commented: “Today we focus on our future by using this investment to not just build on what we have and know, but to expand, grow and truly flourish in the modern world.

“Our aim is to bring change and innovation to the people, businesses and communities of the entire region and the funding brought forward with the city region deal puts the power in our hands to achieve that.”

Ellen Forson, leader of Clackmannanshire Council, added that the deal “provides a unique opportunity to promote shared and sustainable growth in our region over the next 10 years and beyond, building on Clackmannanshire’s strengths whilst helping to change the lives of our disadvantaged and excluded residents”.

RTPI Scotland is supportive of city region deals in general and the resources they provide, but believe they need be linked more effectively into the development plan process and the National Planning Framework.

As it stands, all of Scotland’s seven cities either have, or are in negotiation for, a deal, while talks are also underway for growth deals for the Borderlands and Ayrshire.

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