This is an archived press release
Monday 12 December 2005
12 December 2005
National Parks back urban neighbours' bids for massive regeneration funding
Plans for a massive programme of investment in northern cities - which could top billions of pounds - will be at the heart of discussions at a workshop this week hosted by the Peak District National Park Authority.
Representatives from northern National Parks will attend the workshop - ‘Responding to the Urban Agenda’ - which will take place at the Peak District National Park Study Centre, Losehill Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday 14 & 15 December.
They will discuss how they can support their urban neighbouring authorities as they prepare bids for regeneration funding under the Government’s ‘Northern Way’ initiative.
The Northern Way is a collaboration between the Government’s three northern regional development agencies, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. It is anticipated that the proposals will be submitted in time for the Government’s Strategic Spending Review in 2007.
Aimed at redressing the economic imbalance between the north and south, the initiative is expected to pump billions of pounds of regeneration funding into northern cities - including Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Manchester and Liverpool - to pay for transport infrastructure improvements, new homes and jobs.
Tony Hams, Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We will be exploring ways to develop partnerships with urban authorities. We want to feed into their business plans, creating investment opportunities that will benefit both city and rural areas and improve access to the National Parks.
“In the case of the Peak District, we are the ‘green lung’ surrounded by the huge conurbations of Yorkshire and the East & West Midlands. This close proximity to the National Park is a major factor in many people’s decisions to relocate to these cities.
“With this in mind the recreation and leisure opportunities that we provide will form an important part of any successful strategy for regeneration under the ‘Northern Way’.”