Ambitious vision for Kirklees economy approved
An ambitious vision to build a thriving and successful Kirklees economy has been approved by Full Council.
What is the Kirklees Economic Strategy?
The Kirklees Economic Strategy for 2019-2025 is our new innovative plan which will bring together all local organisations and businesses to create more success and wealth in the borough.
When was the strategy approved?
The strategy was approved at Full Council on March 20 and will now be adopted.
What are the plan’s priorities?
The plan has five priorities which aim to help deliver our vision for a successful economy that allows every resident, business and organisation to reach their potential.
These priorities are:
- Modern and innovative business
- Skilled and ambitious people
- Active partnerships
- Advanced connectivity
- Infrastructure and revitalised centres
With modern, innovative businesses we will see boosted ambition and the cutting-edge to drive productivity and good jobs.
By equipping people with the skills, talents and confidence they need to access good, well-paid jobs, they can better contribute to and benefit from Kirklees’ economic success.
Strong partnerships across private, public and voluntary sectors will help Kirklees work together to build local wealth and achieve better outcomes.
Making sure that we have the highest standards of connectivity and infrastructure is key to this vision. Part of this will be to secure a Trans-Pennine rail upgrade, a Huddersfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Inclusive Growth Corridor, 10,000 new homes and excellent digital and green infrastructure.
Finally, revitalised centres will make better use of the strength of Kirklees’ many distinctive places – from the large towns of Huddersfield and Dewsbury to a wealth of smaller towns, villages and valleys.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:
“I’m delighted that the Kirklees Economic Strategy has been approved and we can now put these important plans in place.We’re a council with real ambition and this strategy will help us unlock the true potential of Kirklees so we can see our economy thrive.
This strategy is underpinned by inclusive growth – the aim is to ensure everyone benefits from the economic growth that is generated within the area of Kirklees. It will work for all of our towns, villages and valleys.
We know that we are stronger together, and are committed to building stronger partnerships across Kirklees and beyond. This strategy gives us the basis for joint action.
Closer working not just locally, but within the Leeds city region and other cities and towns across the UK, will help us deliver our vision and see Kirklees become an economic powerhouse.”
To read the strategy in full click here.