Strategic economic plan

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In the coalition agreement, the government committed to establishing local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to replace the regional development agencies.

In June 2010 businesses and councils were invited to come together to form local enterprise partnerships whose geography properly reflects the natural economic areas of England. As a result Bracknell Forest Council along with the other Berkshire unitary authorities became part of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVLEP).

The local growth white paper, published in October 2010, set out the roles that local enterprise partnerships can play depending on their local priorities.

Growth deals

The government’s response to the Heseltine review confirmed its commitment to negotiate a growth deal with every LEP. Through growth deals, LEPs can seek freedoms, flexibilities and influence over resources from government, and a share of the Local Growth Fund to achieve their identified growth priorities.

In return, the government expects LEPs to demonstrate that they are committed to the growth agenda, including by developing ambitious, multi-year strategic economic plans.

As part of this development the local authority members of the TVLEP, including Bracknell Forest, have worked together to prioritise economic development and work collaboratively across the LEP area.

Documents relating to this work will available for download as and when they are finalised. Alternatively, you can contact us via our enquiry form about matters relating to Bracknell.

In particular three schemes in Bracknell Forest have been included in the implementation plan of the strategic economic plan. They are:

Warfield link road

The project involves building a road to unlock a strategic development location in Bracknell Forest (for 2,200 new dwellings, schools, neighbourhood centre, open space, SANGs and other infrastructure and facilities). The link road crosses the middle of the site and will serve as access for many of the development parcels.

One of the developers for approximately a third of the development for the benefit of the whole development intends to build the road. However, the development is currently experiencing viability problems. The construction of the link road is essential to achieve an early start on-site because it provides access benefits to housing parcels; and access to a new primary school which has to be also built early to allow the development to proceed.

The background and figures relating to this development are:

Coral Reef roundabout

This scheme is concerned with the A322 Coral Reef Roundabout on the southern edge of Bracknell, together with associated minor junction improvements. The wider context for it is a need for improved access between the M3 and M4, via the A322, A329 and A329M.

The background and figures relating to this development are:

Martins Heron roundabout

This is part of a wider programme to improve access between the M3 and M4 via the A322, A329 and A329M. This route runs through the middle of Bracknell and forms part of the original inner ring road. The main capacity constraint is the junctions where radial and orbital routes intersect.

This scheme focuses on the Martins Heron roundabout on the east of Bracknell and includes associated junction improvements and minor alteration to the London Road corridor to improve congestion and journey times. The original intention had been to fund a major part of the improvements from developer contributions arising from Bracknell Town Centre redevelopment but this is no longer possible on viability grounds.

The background, plans and figures relating to this development are:

Town centre regeneration infrastructure improvements

The scheme aims to bring forward transport infrastructure improvements linked to the town centre regeneration, and compliment them further with behaviour change initiatives.

Schemes included within this project will benefit from other improvements secured through the Growth Deal and other government initiatives such as the Local Pinch Point Funding and Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

These include a number of major junctions within Bracknell and also the securing of funds towards delivering the authority’s Intelligent Transport Systems strategy.

A network management approach has been adopted. This looks at improving the network as a whole through the use of Urban Traffic Management and Control. It is this approach that will allow us to improve journey times at key junctions at a much reduced cost, improving accessibility and providing much better value for money.

The background and figures relating to this scheme are:

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