Major investments to be discussed by West of England Combined Authority

Hengrove Park Bristol

Funding for major regional redevelopment which could deliver 1,435 new homes; 12,000m2 of new employment, commercial, retail, educational and community space, and a new park, will be discussed at the next West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Committee meeting on Friday 4 December.

The Hengrove Park project is the first scheme being considered as part of a proposed new £21 million West of England Development Infrastructure Fund, which will support new homes and infrastructure right across the region. The bid has been put forward by Bristol City Council.

The Committee will also discuss ongoing transformation of the region’s railways and the MetroWest network. The new 10 year Rail Delivery Plan sets out to deliver a fast, frequent, low-carbon ‘turn-up and go’ network, with upgraded and improved stations helping residents to jobs and opportunities anywhere in the region.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “Funding to redevelop Hengrove Park and create our MetroWest railway network are exactly the sort of strategic and regionally significant projects that we just wouldn’t see progressed without a Combined Authority in our region. We’re seeing real progress, getting the job done to help secure our region’s recovery and future.

“We are having a real, tangible impact, evidenced in our committee report about unlocking the next £150m of Government funding for our region. The report praises how we all work together for the greater good, and demonstrates how we are investing our funding to tackle significant challenges that span the West of England region, leading to more ambitious, joined up interventions.”

The Combined Authority is chaired by Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, and is made up of the leaders and Mayor from its three member councils – Bath & North East Somerset (Leader, Cllr Dine Romero), Bristol City Council (Mayor Marvin Rees) and South Gloucestershire Council (Leader, Cllr Toby Savage – who is also Deputy Regional Mayor). The Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Professor Steve West, also attends committee meetings.