Nick Clegg to sign off deal it is claimed could create 19,000 jobs in and around Norwich

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg

Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:08 AM

Nick Clegg has hailed a deal which he claims could pave the way for 19,000 new jobs by 2026 in Norwich by giving more local power to the city to “make its own luck”.

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The elements of the Norwich City Deal

The headline aims

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

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.

How will this be achieved?

➔ Infrastructure

This is the new part of the announcement. The final deal to be signed today includes an extra £43m from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) at a specially discounted rate, on top of the £37m already agreed.

It will allow the city to give loans to developers to build infrastructure, such as new access roads, utilities and even potentially schools, which are needed if they are to be able to build houses.

Help for companies to innovate

The local enterprise partnership announced earlier this month that it has secured £3.9m to help existing businesses get access to national and local business support.

A multi-million-pound strategy to help equip the future workforce of Suffolk and Norfolk with the skills required for businesses to achieve full growth potential.

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) unveiled a Skills Manifesto, the result of a year-long consultation with businesses and other stakeholders across the two counties.

The deputy prime minister, (pictured bottom right), will visit Norwich today to sign a so-called “City Deal” with local authorities and the local enterprise partnership, which will allow the region access to £80m of cheap loans for developers to kick-start key infrastructure projects, provide support and loans for existing and new businesses and money to improve skills.

He challenged local decision- makers, saying: “At the heart of this deal is a great big transfer of power and resources in the Greater Norwich Area and away from Whitehall and it is really up to the LEP, the universities, the employers, the NRP to make use of these new freedoms, and if they fail to do so, the buck stops with them.”

Mr Clegg said the architects of the deal – the New Anglia local enterprise partnership and local authorities – claim it will create 19,000 jobs and unlock millions of pounds of private investment in the area.

He admitted that “everything depends on getting the delivery”, but added: “I am very confident, having spent months poring over the 
details, that the proposals put to us by folk in the Norwich area are a really fresh, exciting, optimistic approach to the local economy’s future. It is not simply asking for handouts from Whitehall. It is actually investing in the brain power of the area, mobilising the intellectual muscle of the area and building on the research park.”

Andy Wood, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which helped draw up the deal, said: “We are delighted to have played our part in securing this deal for Norwich. The deal is a huge step in realising our ambition of creating thousands of new hi-tech jobs in Greater Norwich from new and existing enterprises.

“It will also enable the delivery of the supporting infrastructure and skilled local workforce that a modern economy needs to succeed.”

A Greater Norwich Growth Board has been proposed to oversee the delivery of the City Deal and the area’s wider programme for growth.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council and chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, said: “Greater Norwich has all the ingredients it needs to make a major contribution to the UK’s growth over the coming years.

“I am so proud that the partners’ successful collaboration in securing this City Deal will help the area fulfil its potential and pave the way for a bright and prosperous future. We are now committed to delivering these plans for the benefit of the area, its residents and businesses.”

Broadland District Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council have all been 
involved in the deal.

14 comments

  • Why did the Liberal Democrat MP cross the road? Nobody will ever know, but he did claim £70 for making the Journey !

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    che bramley

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • In 2026 no one will remember what Mr Clegg said today,who will know if in 2026 it happened. Clegg will be history but no one will remember him.

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    Rorping

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Clegg is not going to be around for much longer. He will return to the bosom of his beloved EU , where he has spent most of his lucrative career. Better he be quiet until then.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Well I suppose we should have expected them to come up with something to justify the NDR. Chicken and egg....

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    JanieH

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Could not agree more with alecto, whishfull thinking and hope is guiding our party politicians spending habits. As gilded beams is saying, the control over wasting such monies is in the hands of the same old same same, who can show that they have wasted funds before and have experience in making us believe that its in our name that they do it, we couldn't have amateurs in charge of waste now, could we? Where is our national coastal and flood protection policy and budget? Why was Mandela death more important to MP's than the damage and hurt caused by a short lived storm? W"hat would these MP's have done if the storm had carried on for another 48 hours? The whole response and debate was shoved aside and covered up by a long planned theatre, rehearsed for when Mandela died. Until we have another 1953 on our hands nobody will move a finger, we will have to make do with sticky plaster reswponses.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Here we go again.The government comes up with some grand plan that involves buckets of money and the promise of just as many new jobs,the local council and business partnerships automatically press the 'apply' button and everyone is expected to jump for joy when it gets headlines in the EDP.Leave off.The only ones to benefit will be the CE and CEO that the council and business partnerships appoint,and they will,to oversee this hyped up nonsense.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • In 2026 no one will remember what Mr Clegg said today,who will know if in 2026 it happened. Clegg will be history but no one will remember him.

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    Rorping

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • wheres the money for the flood disaster CLEGG

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    milecross

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Compared to the city of 1974,with the amount of change that has already taken place,added to these current plans,Norwich is a new,much bigger city,and yet the boundaries applicable to democratic locally accountable local government are still those of '74.There needs to be a local government review to consider the new Norwich and how local government in the area be better served by one.new,over-arching authority rather than the current 4.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • The closer we get to an election the more propaganda we will get, this is nothing more than pie in the sky, yet again based on borrowing more money and increasing debt; What sad clueless government, we are burdened with.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • More promises from a politician whose only real claim to fame is that he broke promises? Big pinch of salt required here.. And how many of these "jobs" will go to local people anyway? They will be advertised all over Europe!

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    marty r

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • this is just more pub talk from nick clegg . Read the words . COULD and by the year 2026 . Dont hold your breath . Just more electioneering by someone who has nothing to say .

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    milecross

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • And if we are to believe this the question should be "What took him so long?" But I for one believe it is a load of twaddle. 1000 jobs at NUCA? Purlease. And 6,000 construction jobs? Once the buildings are built they are built. No more jobs. Unless they are planning on knocking them down again and rebuilding them in a weird Norfolk version of groundhog day.

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    alecto

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • It is quite misleading to suggest that "power is being given to Norwich". It is actually been given to businesses with an interest in Norwich (in the form of the Anglia LEP) who will dominate the new Greater Norwich Growth Board. This is a successor body for the Greater Norwich Development Partnership - which came up with the scheme to build 37,000 more homes in the Norwich area, with no "Plan B" - but an even less democratic and accountable one. This is all inseparable from the monstrous plans for the physical growth of Norwich, for which there is NO POPULAR MANDATE.

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    gilded beams

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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