Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Friday 8 July 2016 3.00 pm

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Laura Gibbard 

Items
No. Item

42.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies at the meeting.

 

43.

Election of Chairperson

To elect a Chairperson for the Civic Year (2016/17).

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That Cllr Mark Hawthorne be elected as Chairperson for the Civic Year 2016-17.

 

44.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests by members.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

 

45.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2016.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2016 be approved as a correct record.

 

46.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To receive an update report on GFirst LEP Growth Deal Activity.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, provided the Committee with an update on GFirst LEP Growth Deal activity.

 

Members were provided with an overview of the status of projects that were going through the approval and funding process, and it was noted that 10 projects had Funding Agreements in place. Pete Carr explained that projects reported on a monthly basis, and that from July, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) would be implementing ‘place based’ reporting arrangements.

 

Members were informed that LEP staff and Gloucestershire County Council officers had updated the Assurance Framework, taking into account the lessons learnt during the first year the SEP and Growth Deal were implemented. This had been approved by the LEP Board in June and included the broadening of the role of the LEP’s Investment Panel to also undertake due diligence reviews on behalf of the LEP Board. Pete Carr commented that this was a welcome development which would add a further level of scrutiny and insight into projects.

 

It was suggested by one member that an enhanced understanding of the Local Transport Plan would be useful for committee members as the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board (GLTB) decision-making arrangements had been transferred to the GFirst LEP Board as part of the changes to the Assurance Framework.

 

Members noted that Gloucestershire County Council was undertaking an audit of the LEP and Accountable Body processes, alongside project sampling work that was being undertaken by BIS.

 

Committee members were informed that the deadline for the LEP’s Growth Deal Round 3 submission was 28th July 2016. Projects had been assessed and prioritised, resulting in 11 new projects that would be included in the submission, including several infrastructure projects promoted through  the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan (GIIP). The estimated funding ‘ask’ for the projects would be around £79million. Pete Carr informed members that Diane Savory and David Owen would be attending a challenge session in July with Ministers to discuss the proposals for Gloucestershire.

 

In response to a query, Pete Carr explained to members it had been indicated that a formal announcement would be made on the Growth Deal Round 3 submission around the time of the Autumn Statement. It was noted that potential delays had been considered in project timescales.

 

In response to a further query, Pete Carr informed members that he would circulate projected outcomes for the Growth Deal Round 3 projects with committee members, in due course.

 

There was some discussion as to whether projects that had not yet been included in local plans should be taken on by the LEP. Pete Carr explained that there was an opportunity for any links with other strategic plans to be highlighted in project applications.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

47.

Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan (GIIP) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive an update report on progress with the development of the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure, Gloucestershire County Council, provided an update on progress with the development of the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan (GIIP).

 

Members noted that of the projects likely to be included in the final Growth Deal Round 3 submission by the LEP, 6 were part of the original 7 strategic infrastructure project recommendations from the GIIP.

 

Members were informed that following the adoption of the Local Transport Plan (LTP) by Full Council at Gloucestershire County Council on 29 June 2016, the Senior Officer Group would be cross-checking projects that feature on the GIIP with the LTP, with the aim of providing the Committee with recommendations for integration of potential new projects.

 

Members were also informed that projects within the GIIP had been cross-referenced with District Infrastructure Delivery Plans (IDPs), and had been mapped into a GIS system. A demonstration of the system would be provided to members at the next meeting.

 

In response to a query, Nigel Riglar explained that the GIIP would be updated following the adoption of the Joint Core Strategy and in light of the Growth Deal Round 3 submission.

 

Members noted that infrastructure projects needed to be promoted through Gloucestershire County Council and the Senior Officer Group, whilst skills-based projects needed to be developed through the LEP. It was suggested that the possibility of establishing a non-infrastructure investment plan could be considered.

 

Nigel Riglar explained that the Chepstow Bypass was recommended for inclusion on the GIIP at Category E – long term priority; not yet at proposal stage.

 

Following a suggestion, it was agreed that the GIIP should be updated to include a new project - Severn Vale Junction 13A, 14 of M5 junction improvements/new junction 13A as a recommendation from the Committee.

 

Resolved

 

1.         To note the information provided in the paper as an update to bringing forward Gloucestershire’s growth related strategic infrastructure priorities;

2.         To approve the inclusion of Chepstow Bypass onto the GIIP;

3.         To approve the inclusion of Severn Vale Junction 13A, 14 of M5 improvements and new junction 13A, onto the GIIP.

 

48.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth 'Showcase' & 'Future Ambitions' Work pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To note the completion of the Gloucestershire Showcase produced for the County Council and to consider undertaking a further piece of work to help consideration of future economic ambitions.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nigel Riglar presented the ‘Gloucestershire Growth Showcase Final Report’ document to the Committee, which had been developed to reinforce the message that Gloucestershire was ‘open for business’.

 

It was proposed that Third Life Economics would produce a draft paper exploring the challenges and opportunities for Gloucestershire’s growth ambitions, which would be circulated with committee members and stakeholders. A workshop would be established for the Committee to gauge its views on Gloucestershire’s growth ambitions and to consider implications on the County in September 2016.

 

Following some discussion, it was determined that the ‘Showcase’ document was a scene-setting document and that work to establish how Gloucestershire’s ambitions could be achieved would need to be brought to a future meeting. It was highlighted that the ‘Showcase’ document was a starting point for the development of Gloucestershire’s ambitions and that it would help to drive Devolution ambitions. Members also noted that business rate retention could have a role in driving economic growth.

 

The Committee noted that a similar piece of work on Gloucestershire’s growth ambitions was being undertaken by Leadership Gloucestershire. Nigel Riglar commented that it was positive to have a range of experts considering and advising on Gloucestershire’s ambition for economic growth.

 

The Committee discussed the impact of the result of the EU Referendum on Gloucestershire’s businesses. Some members felt that it would be useful to undertake some work looking into business confidence following the EU Referendum. Following the discussion, it was understood that work of this nature would not be carried out by the Committee until the Government’s negotiations with the EU had progressed. 

 

In response to a query, Nigel Riglar confirmed that he would provide an update for the Committee on the skills policy for Gloucestershire during the September meeting.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

Resolved

 

1.         To note the completion of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Showcase;

2.         To commission a preliminary exercise to test and develop the ambition for economic growth with the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee.

 

49.

Future Meeting Dates

To note that the Committee is due to meet on the following dates in 2016 and 2017:

 

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

 

All meetings to start at 10am (this allows meetings of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place on the same day).

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 and for 2017.