Guiding principles to identify locations for strategic employment development The following provide guiding principles for location of employment development and underpin the settlement strategy in Chapter 3. Local authorities, through their development plans and LECPs, should apply these principles. The MASPs have identified some strategic employment locations in Metropolitan areas. Selection Criteria Planning to accommodate strategic employment growth at regional, metropolitan and local level should consider: • Location of technology and innovation poles (IoTs and universities) as key strategic sites for high- potential growth of economic activity; • Current employment location, density of workers, land-take and resource/infrastructure dependency, including town centres, business parks, industrial estates and significant single enterprises; • Locations for expansion of existing enterprises; • Locations for new enterprises, based on availability of employees/customers, land, tied to resources, dependent on the availability of different types of infrastructure (e.g. telecoms, power, water, roads, airport, port etc.) or dependent on skills availability; • Locations for potential relocation of enterprises that may be better suited to alternative locations andwhere such amove, if facilitated, would release urban land for more efficient purposes that would be of benefit to the regeneration and development of the urban area as a whole, particularly in metropolitan areas and large towns; • Within large urban locations where significant job location can be catered for through infrastructure servicing and proximity to transport interchanges, particularly public transport; • Environmental considerations including but not limited to designated European Sites, Flood Risk, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage and landscape; • An assessment of the phasing of development in association with the planned delivery of water and waste water services, extension or provision of public bus services to the location and provision of new or improved cycling and walking connectivity from existing residential areas. • Areas which would address employment blackspots/legacies; • Support existing sectoral and location-based strengths and synergies with existing employers • Availability of ‘ready to go’ property solutions; • Local ambition; • Potential for rail borne freight.
Guiding principles for investment prioritisation in placemaking for enterprise development • Local authorities, REPs, and LECPs, in their preparation of projects to bid for funds, should give due regard to factors already identified as enablers of enterprise development, such as the availability of human capital, proximity to a third level institution, transport infrastructure; broadband infrastructure, and a diverse local sectoral mix; • Capacity of places - having regard to implications of commuting on quality of life; • Consider our cities development with a focus on public transport networks and sites such as Strategic Development Zones to densify the existing footprint; • Align to national strategy and approach for data centres – right location for use and energy demand; • Opportunity for health and wellbeing sector with new hospitals; • Support the emergence of international schools for incoming talent; • Focus on densification of existing built urban footprint around existing public transport; • Give due regard to enhanced functioning of global services centres and advanced manufacturing centres; • Identify and prioritise locations considering capacity, analysis of assets, with a vision for the city and the Region, and not just population size; • Explore a ‘second site’ strategy for MNCs in outlying locations; • Location-specific sectors and assets to be developed clearly with tailored responses e.g. energy, marine, greenways, blueways and pet lands.
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