Strategic Infrastructure Board
The Strategic Infrastructure Board seeks ways to overcome infrastructure issues that are holding back the economic development of our area. Whether it is by the provision of strategic funding for congested roads, improving rail networks, supporting work to deliver better broadband and identifying key regeneration, housing and job creation projects, the LEP can help to move these issues forward.
Growth Area Forums
These are defined spatially around the principal road and rail corridors of the A10/M11, M1/M25 and A1(M). The forums will help to identify priorities including strategic development sites and gaps in infrastructure provision that we will champion to unlock private sector investment and job creation.
New Town Renewal and Regeneration Projects
We are working with local authorities to support the regeneration our New Towns, including Stevenage and Hatfield.
Stevenage: £15m in Growth Deal funding has been provisionally allocated for the period 2015-2017. Stevenage First, a public and private partnership, has been charged with driving forward its regeneration and growth. It is chaired by LEP Board Member Andrew Percival.
Hatfield: We are providing a grant of up to £100,000 to support the development of a blueprint for Hatfield's regeneration. This is in addition to the £6m secured for the town centre’s regeneration as part of our Growth Deal. The Hatfield Renewal Partnership is tasked with driving forward this development and is chaired by LEP Board Member Quintin McKellar.
Evergreen Infrastructure Fund: This is a £12.5m extension to our successful Growing Places Fund. This will support a raft of smaller regeneration schemes including projects in Bishop’s Stortford and South Oxhey with the potential to build thousands of new homes.
Hemel Hempstead: We secured £19.63m of borrowing available for Dacorum Borough Council at the Public Works Loan Board project rate to support regeneration projects in the town centre.
Transport improvements and greater connectivity
We will continue to lobby for improvement of existing infrastructure and services to enhance transport connectivity, including reducing congestion on a key stretch of the A1(M) investing in the Metropolitan Line Extension, the A120 bypass at Little Hadham and A602 improvements between Stevenage and Ware; and the West Anglia Main Line. We continue to work with Connected Counties to stimulate demand and encourage take-up of broadband opportunities.
We played a major role in shaping the Draft Hertfordshire Rail Strategy 2015 to by helping to identify investment priorities for Hertfordshire's rail network for the next 15 to 20 years and beyond, which the county council will work to secure.