Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits Norwich to launch the City Deal

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the  laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal, here with Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal, here with Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Friday, December 13, 2013
11:19 AM

The deputy prime minister has ratified a far-reaching blueprint to bring economic prosperity to Norwich by creating thousands of new jobs and homes.

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the  laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

During a visit to the Norwich Research Park yesterday, Nick Clegg and local policy makers signed the Norwich City Deal – a strategy that hopes to bring 19,000 new jobs and 3,000 new houses into the Greater Norwich Area by 2026.

But the delivery of the deal will lie with the local authorities and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which will be given greater powers from Whitehall to fulfil the ambitious proposals.

Mr Clegg said: “It’s great news for Norwich because just look at its laboratories and look at its hub for science innovation. What we want to do with the City Deal is give support to the businesses that are being spun out from these laboratories, We want to give the local area more freedom to borrow money to build more homes, so as people come into the companies that we hope to see growing from the intellectual innovation in Norwich, there will also be new homes for people to live in. It’s a combination of the brain power of the Greater Norwich area, but also making sure that the construction industry and housing is there as well.”

The architects of the deal claim it will create an extra 13,000 jobs, 3,000 homes and 6,000 construction jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the  laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the Norwich Research Park construction site before touring one of the laboratories and then signing the Norwich City Deal. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

And they expect there to be 3,000 high-value jobs at Norwich Research Park, 2,000 jobs around Norwich International Airport and 1,000 jobs based around Norwich University of the Arts.

Brenda Arthur, the leader of Norwich City Council, said the numbers were big, but the local authorities and the New Anglia LEP were capable of delivering the project.

She said: “I really think we are going to be able to do that. It is an absolutely amazing opportunity for Norwich and for Greater Norwich. We have worked really hard in terms of developing the joint core strategy. I think the deal is going to give us the opportunity now to deliver all that is in that.

“The work around skills is going to be amazing. Businesses tell us that they don’t have people with the right skills, so to be able to work with businesses and have skills training that is business led for a change is going to be really positive. It means more people will be brought into work. The plans around jobs and homes is just amazing. The more homes that are built the more jobs there will be, so I think our targets are ambitious but I don’t think they are unfulfilable.”

Meanwhile, George Nobbs, the leader of Norfolk County Council, said the deal will encourage business investment and help the decision-making process for councils. He said: “It makes sense to deal in planning terms and strategic terms as one single area,and the City Deal makes it easier to make quick decisions instead of being tied up with four different authorities competing over jurisdiction.

“It will also make life a lot easier if you want to invest in Norfolk – and that is what we want people to do.”

5 comments

  • more jobs for the same boys? Oh let us wallow in Tory bliss, not only have they managed to feed on our taxes, they also have eaten the Lib Dems for breakfast, now, who has had all the pie's?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Oh Mr Bramley, how could you think such a thing? Whatever has induced you to come to this conclusion? Could it be the fact that every time a tory MP sneezes or announces that they are going to put 10p in a collection tin the EDP print a copious article praising said person?

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    alecto

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Yet again a comment mentioning the fact the older generation of unemployed will be left out has not been approved. This to me just proves that Archant is biased to Tory Views.

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    che bramley

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • This article mentions that people do not have the skills Businesses need. Now why is that? Well I will tell you all. Thsi Government and the DWP and Jobcentres have made sure the older generation of unemployed people are not catered for, if you ask a benefit adviser to do a specialist course you are fobbed off with we do not have the funds ! Instead all training is directed at the under 25s. So in a nutshell Businesses and the Government and the departments mentioned need to do more, but as they are all failing to do, where are the equal opportunities for people, cause as far as I am concerned there is a lot of age discrimination going on .

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    che bramley

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Come on chaps Archant biased? Clegg is an honest man and politician doing his utmost for the common man. Just as are all the Tories. Their concern stretches way past these shores and they are always ready to assist and welcome newcomers. Archant seems to be biased only because the coalition of Tory and Nu Tory are the best thing for our country. Don't believe me . Just ask Archant.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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