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Working in Partnership

Colchester is situated in the East of England. Over the next 15 years, the East of England will grow faster than any other region in the country.

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Colchester has been earmarked to grow sustainably in response to this - with 18,800 new homes by 2023 and 14,000 new jobs by 2021.

What does this mean?
The Regional Spatial Strategy proposes that between 2001 and 2021 population in the region will grow from about 5.5 million to 6 million meaning 508,000 new homes will need to be built and 452,000 new jobs will need to be created.

The Regional Economic Strategy proposes between 2008 and 2031 to; - raise annual growth in 'Gross Value Added' per capita and per employee - raise the employment rate of over-16 population - reduce CO2 emission levels by 60% - focus growth on 7 'Engines of Growth'.

These documents suggest that the key challenges for the region in the future are;

  • ensuring growth is supported by the correct social and physical infrastructure
  • reducing carbon emissions as this region is the most vulnerable in the UK to climate change
  • raising regional productivity (GVA) - raising the region's competitiveness which is falling against other European regions
  • raising skill levels, especially in post 16's - addressing increasing global competition
  • addressing the region's E/W split where the eastern part of the region consistently under performs in economic terms.

What is Colchester doing to address these challenges?
Colchester Borough Council has recognised that by working with private and public sector partners we can achieve so much more and really put Colchester on the map.

Working with partners has already helped to secure millions of pounds of external funding to support Colchester's regeneration plans addressing this growth, including cash from the National Lottery, the European Union and others, with further bids in the pipeline.