North’s chance to shape its destiny

Lord Heseltine  Photo: David Jones/PA Wire
Lord Heseltine Photo: David Jones/PA Wire
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LORD Heseltine, the former deputy Prime Minister, will tell a Yorkshire audience how he believes a new infrastructure strategy could transform the Government’s plans for a Northern Powerhouse.

Lord Heseltine will address a Northern summit which is being hosted by IPPR North and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) later this month.

The two organisations joined forces last year to establish support for a new “spatial framework” for the North of England, to underpin economic growth, and look beyond transport infrastructure.

Around 240 business and public policy leaders attended 11 round table events in Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Hull between June and September to consider what a strategic spatial planning framework for the North of England would look like. The invitation-only summit will be held at The Queens Hotel in Leeds on January 14.

Lord Heseltine said: “The Northern Powerhouse is about unlocking the potential of our great northern towns and cities by better connecting the North’s places and people. But a stronger northern economy does not simply rely on transport alone: it is about joining up all its assets, skills and people. The North has a unique opportunity to shape its destiny with greater investment and leadership. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and insight on how this can be achieved.”

Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, said: “The Northern Summit will forge a new way forward for the region, bringing together the North’s leading minds to help shape the future of the Northern Powerhouse. Infrastructure is fundamental to the North’s success.”