Council gives LEP latest

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Cornwall Council has outlined its latest position regarding the future of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which is due to replace the South West RDA.

During a presentation this morning at the Pool Innovation Centre, Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery spoke of the Council’s vision for a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, with a strong control over its economic destiny.

He stressed that decisions on economic investment and ‘place shaping’ should be made locally, with the Cornwall Development Company the focus for the delivery of the strategy. He also underlined the importance of a strong private sector involvement in the future Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.

And while there does not seem to be much appetite in the Duchy for a joint Devon and Cornwall LEP, as has been proposed in some quarters, Lavery said it was important for the LEP to be collaborative, working with “peninsula partners” in such areas as strategic planning, transport and lobby for “scarce resources”.

The Council will continue consultation on the make-up of the LEP with stakeholders until August 19, with a final submission to Government by September 6.

The Council is also conducting an online survey to canvass local opinion.

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