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Shafiq Khan Partner at BHP
22nd March 2019

Shafiq Khan Partner at BHP

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We're helping to build the 21st century transport, housing and digital infrastructure that our region needs to unleash its full growth potential. By doing so, we will attract new investment to the region, creating thousands of jobs and enabling businesses to grow more quickly.

We work closely with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority - the body responsible for delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in Leeds City Region - and other local partners, to ensure our region has the right transport, housing and environment to meet the needs of businesses and our economy.


Putting in place the right transport infrastructure to attract investment and support business growth in the region is central to our Strategic Economic Plan.

Having secured funding through our Growth Deal to create an overall £1 billion transport fund over the next 20 years, we are working closely with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to transform our region's transport system - ensuring investment is directed towards those schemes that will have the biggest economic impact and that Leeds City Region sees the full benefit of major national investment such as high-speed rail.


A key goal within our Strategic Economic Plan is to double house-building in the region to create jobs, stimulate private sector investment and ensure our residents have access to good quality, affordable homes in the right places to meet employment growth.

We are working closely with local councils, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and other partners to meet this goal. One of our key projects is Better Homes Yorkshire which will provide warmer, healthier homes and help local people reduce their energy bills.

Development and regeneration

In developing our Strategic Economic Plan, we identified a number of areas which require particular investment in employment and projects to stimulate growth. We are working with local councils, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and other partners to develop and regenerate these areas. These 'strategic growth centres' are located in Bradford, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds, York and Halifax.

One of our top priorities is developing the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone as a magnet for business investment in growing industry sectors such as modern manufacturing. The Enterprise Zone will be a catalyst for growth and jobs across Leeds City Region and is expected to create £550 million of additional economic output and over 9,500 new jobs when it is fully developed.


We are working with local councils and other partners to better coordinate planning policy across the Leeds City Region so that planning decisions support our economic ambitions and promote growth across the whole City Region. To achieve this, we have agreed a set of principles that our partner councils have adopted within their planning strategies.

We are also working to ensure that our partner councils’ take a positive approach to planning to support business growth. For example, we have put in place a planning charter, which sets out how councils will work with developers on major planning applications. 

Digital Infrastructure

We are working to achieve full superfast broadband coverage across the Leeds City Region. Superfast West Yorkshire is a project dedicated to delivering faster, more reliable broadband and there are similar schemes available in South and North Yorkshire. Funding is available for businesses and residents to upgrade their broadband connections, and small businesses can benefit from free support to help them do more business online. Find out more.


Want to grow your business?

Find out more about the business support available from the LEP, or find support from other local and national organisations. Alternatively, you can contact our business growth team at: BusinessGrowth@the-lep.com.

Business support and finance

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