Leeds City Region enterprise zone on agenda

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A DECISION on where the Leeds City Region's enterprise zone is to be located could be decided today when the area's local enterprise partnership board meets to discuss the matter.

Although the Aire Valley is seen as a favourite to be the location of the enterprise zone, there is a possibility that three sites across the city region could become home to the initiative, which could spread across a total of 110 hectares.

A shortlist for the Leeds City Region enterprise zone has not been published but other ideas thought to be considered for it are locations near Bradford and York, and the possibility that it could be based on a specific sector, such as low carbon industry.

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Enterprise zones are a Government initiative that allow local enterprise partnerships to identify areas that can enjoy a range of benefits including business rate discounts, a simpler planning region and access to superfast broadband.

The shortlist of the potential sites for an enterprise zone in the Sheffield City Region were published yesterday

Sheffield City Region LEP chairman James Newman said a final decision on the shortlist could be made by the end of May.

The shortlist for the Sheffied City Region includes a 110 hectare site in Bassetlaw, a 4.28 hectare site close to Barnsley town centre, and a series of sites in the Dearne M1 corridor.

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