'UK's Silicon Valley' Growth Board Set for Boost

'UK's Silicon Valley' Growth Board Set for Boost


MARCH 2018

Milton Keynes Council is set to become a full member of a growth board that is aiming to allow the East West Growth Corridor to reach its full potential as "the UK's Silicon Valley".

The authority is set to approve the process of becoming a full member of the Central Area Growth Board at a cabinet meeting next week (6 March 2018).

The board will act as a single voice for the region when dealing with central government. No powers would be ceded from member authorities.

In documents seen by Insider, Milton Keynes Council said full membership would "demonstrate its commitment to regional working".

According to a report by the National Infrastructure Commission, one factor holding back growth in the area is the lack of joined-up planning in regard to housing, jobs and infrastructure across local authorities.

As part of its membership, Milton Keynes Council would pay an annual contribution of £5,000 to the board and would act as an accountable body.

Milton Keynes Council has been working with 17 local authorities across the South East Midlands and Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas since last summer.

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