Growth areas, programmes and transformational priorities

In our SEP, we have adopted a spatial and thematic approach, prioritising investment to 2020 through five Growth Areas; four Transformational Priorities and two Growth Programmes.

Our Transformational Priorities are major development opportunities which will have global, national, regional and sub-regional impacts and are located within four of the Growth Areas.

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Focusing investment in Growth Areas, and the Transformational Priorities located within them, enables us to take a co-ordinated and holistic approach to infrastructure provision which will unlock the potential of key strategic economic growth locations as well as the specific major development opportunities they contain.


The five Growth Areas are parts of the sub-region where substantial growth is already planned through strategic policies and land allocations in our Local Plans. Several of the Growth Areas include proposed Sustainable Urban Extensions and Strategic Employment 33 Sites. Local authority economic growth plans complement these land-use policies.

Through targeted and co-ordinated packages of investment, we aim to tackle the barriers to, and accelerate delivery of, this planned growth, providing funding and greater certainty for infrastructure delivery and stimulating private sector investment.