Harris Lamb Blog – 11th April 2011
11th April, 2011.
We want an Enterprise Zone in Stoke!
By Becky Colclough, Commercial Agency.
Joining with other private and public sector companies in the North Staffordshire area, we want to add our voice and support for Stoke on Trent being awarded one of the Enterprise Zones that are due to be announced in the next round of allocations in the early Summer.
The first round of Enterprise Zones in the early 1980’s were somewhat different to what is envisaged this time round. Whilst the successful transformation of Round Hill Steel Works in Dudley, West Midlands, transformed into the mega retail experience that is Merry Hill, its fair to say some different land uses springing up in the zones is probably needed in 2011.
Our Chamber of Commerce Chairman in North Staffordshire – Bryan Carnes, says that Enterprise Zone status would bring much needed jobs to the area and a united front is needed to pressure government to select North Staffordshire.
With Enterprise Zone status would come an impressive five year exemption from Business Rates up to £275,000, easier planning rules and a superfast broadband infrastructure.
Bryan also said “Businesses with mobile investment will want to be in those places (Enterprise Zones) because they won’t have to pay any rates and planning regulations will be much more accommodating for business”.
With Renew North Staffordshire having lost its funding, my suggestion is, we should push for all canal side property in the Potteries to be granted Enterprise Zone status.
The areas allocated as zones are arbitrary lines on a map, so why not let all canal side property be the test for properties and land in Stoke on Trent’s bid for an Enterprise Zone? We can then let the Private Sector drive some real regeneration with a focus on what is always a winner in property terms – waterside frontage.
If you would like to speak with Becky about any issues raised in her blog, she can be reached on 01782 272 555 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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