THE Constellation Partnership is hosting a series of events at the world’s foremost property festival to promote the 25-year regeneration scheme’s massive investment opportunities.
At MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) in Cannes, France, which takes place March 13-16, The Constellation Partnership will explain how it will supercharge the impact of being at the heart of the nation’s HS2 rail investment. This follows the submission to government of a growth strategy which identifies how significant and sustainable growth will be delivered across south Cheshire and the north of Staffordshire.
The Constellation Partnership area sits between Birmingham and Manchester, and is a unique and diverse alliance between Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Stoke City Council, Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Described as “the place where the UK connects” because of its unrivalled 360 degree connectivity on the national road and rail network, Constellation already contributes £29bn to the UK economy each year and detailed evidence shows that, through HS2, a minimum of an extra 120,000 jobs and 100,000 homes can be created by 2040.
David Frost CBE, Chairman, Stoke and Staffordshire LEP said: “Our strategy is focused on increasing our already sizeable contribution to UK plc by driving growth throughout all of the Constellation area, including key centres at: Stoke-on-Trent, the key commercial and leisure heart of the partnership area; Crewe - its key transport hub; Stafford, a revitalized county town; along with a network of high performing towns such Winsford and Newcastle-under-Lyme, surrounded by exceptional landscapes and a highly competitive rural economy.
“It’s an outstanding proposition and coordinated infrastructure investment, large and small will benefit all of our communities and deliver thousands of homes and jobs over the next two decades driven by the enormous potential HS2 investment.”
The Constellation Partnership’s opening conference session: ‘Constellation – from vision to action: Accelerating good growth at the heart of the UK’ is led by Cllr Rachel Bailey, Leader, Cheshire East Council; David Frost CBE, Chairman, Stoke and Staffordshire LEP; and Philip Cox, CEO, Cheshire and Warrington LEP and takes place on the Cheshire and Warrington exhibition stand in the Palais des Festivals, P-1. G66 on Tuesday, March 13, 11.30-12.00.
It is followed by the Stafford Gateway and New Garden Settlement event at the Caffe Roma apartment, 18.00-19.30, when the Leader and the Head of Development at Stafford Borough Council, Cllr Patrick Farrington and Richard Lawrence will present a £500m housing, business and leisure masterplan for the town and the potential for a multi-billion pound scheme on the back of HS2 in the north of the borough.
Wednesday March 14th starts with two breakfast events: the Stoke -on-Trent masterplan for the rail station and surrounding area, again taking place at Caffe Roma’s apartment, from 0800-0930 and presented by Councillor Abi Brown, Deputy Leader, Stoke City Council; and the Cheshire and Warrington Investor Forum on Wednesday, 08.00-10.00 at the CBRE Apartment, Boulevard de la Croissette, where the speakers include Philip Cox, CEO, Cheshire and Warrington LEP and Cllr Patrick Farrington, Leader, Stafford Borough Council.
Christine Gaskell, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington LEP said: “HS2, by slashing journey times to and from London, Birmingham and Manchester, is set to re-shape the UK’s economic geography. Its impact on the Constellation Partnership area will make it a leading economic powerhouse for the nation.
“The depositing of the HS2 bill last year means we have certainty of the railway’s arrival and we are continuing to prepare the way now. Each of the partners is creating comprehensive investment opportunities which cannot be replicated in the confines of a city region.”