We are currently developing the vision for the West of England, to ensure our future is more productive and better connected.
This will include initiatives and measures to help sustainably grow our economy and tackling the barriers to growth, including:
- Making sure local people have the right skills for the jobs and reducing the skills gaps in some sectors
- Ensuring we have effective infrastructure to help people live, work and move around
- Having enhanced powers to speed up delivery of new housing in line with the Joint Spatial Plan and resist unsustainable developments that are not in line with jointly agreed planning policies.
- The three West of England councils participating in a Business Rates retention pilot, which allows them to retain 100% of business rates rather than the current 50%.
We want to make sure the West of England is an attractive place for investors; we want the potential here to be recognised and acknowledged by the Government; we want local people to benefit from more job opportunities, a stronger economy and a high quality of life.