The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership have approved plans to merge. The move would see York and North Yorkshire combine with West Yorkshire to form a single LEP, responsible for significant potential investment to boost economic growth and social inclusion. At almost 4,000 square miles, the geography of the proposed new LEP would cover 8% of England and bring together a diverse mix of rural and coastal areas, towns and cities. The new proposed LEP geography would cover the unitary and district council areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Kirklees, Hambleton, Harrogate, Leeds, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York plus North Yorkshire County Council. The merger is the result of a government review into LEPs nationally, which was announced by housing secretary, James Brokenshire, in the summer. The two existing LEPs will form a transition sub-group to look at the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart