Although the legislative basis for Regional Strategies has been withheld and will be withdrawn through the Localism Bill, the consultation work in the region has been used to agree on shared priorities.
Future North West: Our Shared Priorities
provides a high level statement of strategic priorities and has been used to inform parts of sub-regional plans and provides a starting point of consensus for regional private, public and third sector partnership work.
Many of it's strongest advocates are the original signatories, mostly from the private sector:
- Sir Richard Lees
- Councillor Ian Marks
- Robert Hough of Peel Holdings
- Regional Director of the Confederation of British Industry
- Regional Director of the Institute of Regional Directors
- Chief Executive of the NW Business Leadership Team
- Chair of the NW Chambers of Commerce
- Chair of the NW Private Sector Partners
- Chair of VSNW
This statement builds on a substantial programme of work by private, public and third sector partners from the length and breadth of the North West. This work was originally undertaken to support the development of the North West Regional Strategy (RS2010) but now underpins Future North West.
Future North West is based on a sound and comprehensive evidence base. It has also benefited from a sustainability assessment and an analysis of the North West’s environmental limits, as well as extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation.
Third Sector consultation was particularly instrumental in developing strand 3 and its focus on linking growth to local communities.