Agenda item - Chair's Communications
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12.1 The Chair provided the following communications:
“I would like to welcome Claire Mason who is attending as a Board member for the first time representing Coast to Capital LEP. We look forward to working with you as the Greater Brighton Partnership moves forward.
On 3rd October, the District Planning Committee at Mid Sussex gave its approval for outline planning permission for the Northern Arc. This will start 15 years of building work, which includes 3,000 homes, extra care housing, a four-hectare business park, two primary schools and a secondary school, and 82 hectares of green space. Key to delivering the much-needed homes is implementation of essential infrastructure, and Homes England are planning on investing around £41m in vital infrastructure over the next 3 years to unlock the Northern Arc site.
Last week Transport for the South East (TfSE) launched its transport strategy which sets out its vison for the region until 2050. It’s crucial to see that some of the city region’s key transport issues are acknowledged, including the Brighton Mainline, and developing initiatives to address these challenges will be a priority in the Strategy. TfSE are consulting with partners, businesses and residents across the South East to get their views on the draft strategy from now until 10th January 2020. The Greater Brighton Officer Team will be contacting Board members to discuss providing a response on behalf of the Board and we would look to making the strongest possible case for much needed interventions in our transport network so that we can deliver a sustainable, healthy, accessible, safe and integrated transport offer for the City Region.
I, along with colleagues from the South Downs National Park, visited Ridgeview Wine Estate on 3rd October. Ridgeview are key players within Greater Brighton’s rural economy and export their wines globally. They are very proud of their part in the wider food, drink, tourism and hospitality sectors within the Greater Brighton region and their place within the South Downs National Park. Their CEO talked to us about their contribution to investment in the area and their excitement about the future of tourism across Greater Brighton.
I will also be opening the South Downs National Park Rural Economy Conference on 17 October and look forward to hearing more about the challenges and opportunities faced by that sector of our economy.
At the end of August, I sent letters to the new Secretaries of State for International Trade, Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy, Transport, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to outline the Board’s vision for the region and invite them to visit to see for themselves the great work we are doing to increase productivity and growth.
The Greater Brighton Comms Team have published and circulated the Greater Brighton Experts Guide. Thanks to all partners who agreed to help to raise the profile of the Board and the region as a whole”.