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25/10/2019

Regional growth framework for Edinburgh city region takes shape

Words: Roger Milne
Historic Scotland

Local politicians in the capital and south-east Scotland are looking to establish a regional growth framework as a result of the partnerships formed to progress the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The proposed framework, which could be agreed by next summer, would help to shape new regional and national policy. It would also set the strategic direction for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the city region.

A project brief was recently approved by the joint committee of regional council leaders and is now being presented to individual partners with a view to appointing a programme director soon.

Adam McVey, leader of Edinburgh City Council, said: “Just over a year ago we signed up to a £1.3 billion, 15-year city region growth deal with an inclusive programme to help grow and share our success right across the region.

“An incredible amount of work has been done since then, with huge progress being made, including £704 million of spending being approved in the first 12 months for housing, transport, innovation, skills and employability and culture.

“The success of all this partnership working has led to a cross-regional working group being set up to make sure that we have economic development and infrastructure policies in place to underpin the success of the projects being delivered on the ground.”

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