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Preston and Lancashire investment and development projects, strategies and plans

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Discover wider projects, strategies and plans taking place across Preston and Lancashire.

Find out about wider investment and development projects and plans happening across the city and county to help transform the local area.

For key projects taking place in the city centre see Preston City Centre projects, strategies and plans.

City Deal

Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is a £434 million funding programme that is helping to transform the local area over a 10 year period.

The investment will be used to expand transport infrastructure, support the creation of 20,000 jobs and generate more than 17,000 new homes. City Deal aims to increase the size of the local economy by £1 billion.

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The LEP is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils who direct economic growth and drive job creation.

The LEP's aim is to:

  • ensure all companies have easy access to high grade support services that promote sustainable expansion
  • ensure access to top quality premises and skilled people which may be required for companies to grow their activities in the region
  • Provide support for businesses looking to set up operations in Preston and Lancashire 
  • assist the many companies already in the county become even more successful

Lancashire City of Culture 2025

Bidding for UK City of Culture 2025 is part of a long-term strategic plan for culture in Lancashire.

The aim of the bid is to showcase and champion culture and creative activity across all art forms, all cultures and all places - and use it as a catalyst to significantly increase, improve and diversify the provision of culture across the county in future years.

Preston's City Investment Plan (2020-2035)

Preston's City Investment Plan is an ambitious 15 year vision to transform the city, targeting resources and aligning public and private sector investments to respond to needs and capitalise on opportunities for positive change with Town Fund investment being critical to its delivery.

Preston's Local Plan

The Preston Local Plan forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Preston, which aims to:

  • identify the scale of development and allocate sites to meet the development needs of Preston. This will achieve the vision for growth as outlined in Preston Council's - Central Lancashire Core Strategy.
  • identify key local issues and provide a set of policies to manage change. These will then be used by decision makers to decide on planning applications. These are known as development Management (DM) Policies

The plan will ensure that appropriate forms of development can take place in the most suitable locations. It helps provide a level of certainty about what areas will be developed or protected in future and for what purpose.

For more information about the plan and its delivery visit Preston City Council - Preston's Local Plan.

Preston's City Transport Plan

Preston's City Transport Plan presents a longterm aim of reducing congestion, providing for better public transport, and transforming the city and the wider sub-region's streets and spaces. 

The plan recognises the city's recent economic growth and future significant development ambitions, and its importance at a sub-regional and pan-Lancashire level, including the city's inter relationships across the Northern Powerhouse and nationally.

For information on the plan and its delivery see Lancashire County Council - Preston City Transport Plan.

Transforming Cities Fund (TCF)

The TCF provides investment in infrastructure to improve public and sustainable transport in some of England's largest cities.

The aim of the investment for Preston will be to move away from a car-dominated network to an integrated, accessible and sustainable non-car network, which will reduce current congestion, improve the public realm space and decrease levels of air pollution in the city.

For more information  around the bid and business case visit Lancashire County Council - Transforming Cities.

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