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Growing Places Fund

Growing Places Fund

The “Growing Places Fund” (GPF) programme was approved by Government in 2012, as un-ring fenced grant to Local Enterprise Partnerships, allowing maximum flexibility in how to use the grant across LEP local areas to support key infrastructure projects with the potential to unlock wider economic growth, create jobs and stimulate house building. The funding was provided with the expectation from Government that it would recycled be LEPs to be deployed to support Strategic Economic Plans alongside the Local Growth Fund, to increase the potential impact of the fund in each area and improve value for money.

Successful capital investment awards to date are:

Recipient Amount Summary of investment
Scarborough Borough Council £2.5m Site infrastructure works to facilitate the expansion of Whitby Business Park
North Yorkshire Moors Railway £0.5m Capital infrastructure upgrades to the railway, facilitating the opening up of the direct route from Pickering to Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway £0.5m Contribution to Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project (£10m) match with £4.5m National Lottery Heritage Fund, £1.74m EAFRD Rural Tourism Grant, £3.3m own funds from NYM Railway
The Potter Group £0.9m Site infrastructure works to create a new business park A1(M) Junction 50 Melmerby Business Park, Ripon
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs £2.7m Site infrastructure upgrade and development works at the National Agri-Food Campus at Sand Hutton, York
Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited £2.6m Site infrastructure works to develop a new warehousing business park, Sherburn2, Sherburn-in-Elmet
Contribution to Local Growth Fund Programme £2.5m Increased overall programme delivery out-turn to £85.7m from £83.2 (see separate details for LGF projects)

The LEP Board also previously approved £195k to assist with capital infrastructure project development costs to help stimulate the capital project pipeline within the LEP area. Funded proposals were:

Recipient Amount Summary of investment
East Riding Council £20,000 Master plan and business plan fees to support future development potential of the Bridlington Harbour & Marina project
FERA £30,000 Market assessment to support the Agri-Tech Centre of Innovation for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) capital build bid
Hambleton District Council £30,000 Survey fees for the redevelopment of the former prison site in Northallerton
Hambleton District Council £30,000 Feasibility study fees to address flooding issues at Dalton Industrial Estate currently restricting growth and development
Ryedale District Council £25,000 Transport/highways study to open up future growth and development at Kirkbymoorside
Ryedale District Council £30,000 Study/assessment for future development of employment land at Thornton Road Technology Park, Pickering
Richmondshire District Council £30,000 Study/assessment for future development of employment land at Thornton Road Technology Park, Pickering

Please note this funding stream is now closed to new applications.