Latest Public Sector News

28.07.17

Leeds city centre ‘to double in size’ as part of new growth strategy

A new strategy has today been launched that aims to make economic growth in Leeds as inclusive as possible for all its residents.

The consultation draft for the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy was recently approved by senior councillors, and now businesses and stakeholders will be invited to give their thoughts on the plans.

The new strategy, which will cover the period from 2017 to 2023, identifies 12 areas that put children at the heart of the city’s growth, as well as seeks to improve careers advice and opportunities for all whilst tackling low pay and driving in-work progression and productivity.

Leeds City Council also argued that communities will be better equipped to respond to economic changes through improved housing, investment in neighbourhoods and transformation of town centres.

The size of the city centre will be doubled under the new plans, adding new jobs, homes and a city park to the South Bank.

“Leeds is enjoying a period of unprecedented prosperity and growth, with a vibrant, successful and resilient economy filled with innovation and enterprise,” said Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council.

“But it’s crucial that the city as a whole benefits from that success and that the people of Leeds remain at the heart of how we work with businesses and developers, both now and in the future.”

The strategy is being launched just as Leeds oversees its highest level of developments for a decade. Its tourism industry is now valued at £500m, with Leeds becoming the fifth most popular conference destination in the UK.

“Alongside partners in the private sector, our aim is to stimulate inclusive growth which reduces inequality through a strategy that provides job opportunities for everyone, brings down unemployment and increases wages,” Cllr Blake continued.

“There’s no question we need to do more to ensure everyone in the city both contributes to and benefits from the success of our economy.

“By pledging their support for this strategy and making its core values a key part of how they operate, businesses can be part of securing a more balanced, sustainable and successful Leeds economy than ever before.”

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >