£32m cash boost for projects across Norfolk and Suffolk

Projects across Norfolk and Suffolk which will benefit from a £32m Government funding boost have been announced.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership learned in July it had been awarded the money from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, designed to help deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure in the wake of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, August 4th, it duly announced how the money would be spent.

It includes the redevelopment of the derelict Burtons building on Ipswich waterfront, the creation of an energy sector Operations and Maintenance campus in Great Yarmouth, a new Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk and additional funding for New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme, which offers grants to businesses as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Together, the projects will:

Create 1,100 new jobs

Safeguard more than 2,900 jobs

Unlock a further £85m of private and public sector investment

Assist more than 500 new learners

Deliver more than 1,000 new superfast broadband connections

Under the criteria set, projects had to be deliverable within 18 months and linked with the region’s Economic Strategy, Economic Recovery Restart Plan, and the Government’s Recovery Plan. They also need to deliver clear economic outputs, such as jobs, housing, or apprenticeships.

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said: “These projects will help us deliver on our ambitions to be a fantastic place to live, work and learn.

“From providing new community facilities and training centres to redeveloping our town centres and supporting our key sectors, the projects will accelerate local growth and support our economic recovery.

“It shows the Government’s commitment to our area and allows us to work with partners to bring forward key infrastructure projects and help us achieve the goals in the new Economic Recovery Restart Plan and Economic Strategy.”

The full list of approved projects:

Redevelopment of Burtons building, Ipswich

Redevelopment of Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds

Micro generation and storage of electricity on car parks in Babergh and Mid Suffolk

Extending full fibre broadband in Suffolk

East Suffolk Market Towns project

Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk

Great Yarmouth seafront regeneration

Development of the Food Innovation Centre, Broadland

Operations and Maintenance Campus, Great Yarmouth

North Walsham Town Centre Revitalisation

Extending ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in Norfolk

Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund

Extension to New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme

Over 300 successful projects in England will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.

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