Published Monday 31 October 2016 at 16:06
Councils in Lancashire are celebrating after being awarded £260,000 of funding just weeks after setting up a shadow Combined Authority for the county.
The money will go towards creating better homes for residents while opening up new areas for employment sites, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs.
The money has been granted through the Government’s One Public Estate programme, which provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver property-focussed programmes.
Councillor Simon Blackburn, Chair of the shadow Lancashire Combined Authority, said:
I am delighted that the shadow Lancashire Combined Authority has been accepted onto the One Public Estate programme.
This is a great start to our new partnership working and starts to demonstrate what we will achieve through the Combined Authority, which we expect to be formally established in April 2017.
Through this programme we can identify and bring forward publically owned sites for economic and housing development and look more strategically at opportunities for co-location of public sector services in Lancashire, which will mean we can all be more efficient.”
The funding will provide extra capacity to get publicly-owned sites developed that may otherwise have lain derelict or not be used to their full potential for the benefit of the local communities.
The news comes just weeks after authorities submitted a request to form a Combined Authority for Lancashire signalling a decisive shift to working collaboratively across the county to deliver better outcomes for residents and businesses, creating higher growth and productivity, raising attainment and aspirations and playing a key role in the Northern Powerhouse.