Policy context

The MDA is guided by strategies set by both the Welsh and English/North West contexts. Below are some links from the Welsh and UK government.

Welsh Government

1. North East Wales Area Based Transport Study – WelTAG Stage 1 Assessment

The Welsh Government (WG) and the regional transport consortium for North Wales, TAITH, commissioned AECOM to undertake a transport study in the North East Wales area, focusing on the connectivity between the key settlements of Wrexham, Chester and Deeside. This study will follow the principles of the Welsh Transport Planning and Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG) to identify a strategy for improving transport provision in the area considering all modes of transport.

2. City Regions final report

The report contains advice and recommendations from the City Regions Task and Finish group. The advisory group chaired by Dr Elizabeth Haywood was set up in November 2011. It was tasked to consider and report on the potential role of ‘City Regions’ in future economic development and prosperity in Wales. The group also considered evidence from businesses, academics, local government, citizens and other interested parties.

3. Dee Region Cross Border Economy next steps

–  Following publication of the City Regions Report in July 2012, the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science (BETS) asked Dr Haywood to carry out some further work in relation to north east Wales. The Report indicated that the Task & Finish Group had found insufficient evidence or support for a city region covering north east Wales/west Cheshire.

4. Vibrant and Viable Places: new Regeneration Strategy for Wales

– The Welsh Government’s regeneration framework, ‘Vibrant and Viable Places’ was launched at the Senedd on 11th March 2013. The framework is the result of a review of approaches to regeneration in Wales and further afield that took place during 2012 and extensive consultation with partners from October to January 2013.

5. Report of the North East Wales Integrated Transport Task Force

– The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport commissioned a Task Force to develop recommendations for the transport system in north east Wales. The report discusses supporting the economy, helping to reduce poverty and protecting the environment.

6. Innovation Wales Strategy

– In March 2012, Science for Wales, laid out a plan for a step-change in Wales’ academic performance across the sciences. It recommended a new, forward-looking innovation strategy for Wales to deal with the commercial exploitation of Research and Development (R&D) and the promotion of innovation. The result is Innovation Wales, which introduces some important departures in the way the Welsh Government and its partners in innovation will address the issue going forward.


UK Government:

1. UK Government Plan for Growth

– The Plan for Growth announced a programme of structural reforms to remove barriers to growth for businesses and equip the UK to compete in the global race. These reforms span a range of policies including improving UK infrastructure, cutting red tape, root and branch reform of the planning system and boosting trade and inward investment.

2. Government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s Review into economic growth, ‘No Stone Unturned’

– Following a commission from the Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine presented his report No Stone Unturned to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 31 October 2012. Lord Heseltine makes a series of recommendations in all aspects of government policy that affect economic growth.

3. Investing in Britain’s Future

– This document presents a dynamic vision for the future of British infrastructure – it includes proposals for the biggest investment in our roads since the 1970s, a plan to build and repair 200,000 affordable homes, and the long term certainty that our scientists and energy sectors need. This is a plan to build, repair and renew key infrastructure.

4. Growth Deals: Initial Guidance for Local Enterprise Partnerships

– The ‘Government’s Response to the Heseltine Review’, confirmed the commitment to negotiate a Growth Deal with every Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Through Growth Deals, LEPs can seek freedoms, flexibilities and influence over resources from government, and a share of the Local Growth Fund to achieve their identified growth priorities. This guidance document sets out how the Growth Deal negotiation process will work

5. Development and Delivery of European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies: supplementary Guidance for Local Enterprise Partnerships  

– This Supplementary Guidance explains to Local Enterprise Partnerships and their wider partners what information they are asked to include in their European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies and how these will be evaluated by Government.