The Solent Strategic Land and Infrastructure Board met for the first time on Friday 19th December.
Through the Solent Growth Deal, published on the 7th July, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured the creation of a landmark Board, comprising Government and Local partners, which will take a more strategic view of public land and property assets in the area, and support the joint planning and delivery of transport.
The Board is chaired by Bruce Mann, who is the Cabinet Office's Finance Director, and includes wide-ranging representation from Government Departments, Government Agencies, as well as local partners who will work collaboratively to prepare a joint asset strategy and a programme for the disposal and re-use or redevelopment of surplus land and property in public ownership.
In addition, partners will work together to develop a Solent Transport Investment Plan, drawing together known investments (including those recently announced in the Autumn Statement) for the period 2015-20 to better align planned investments. This will support the joint asset strategy and help inform future investments.
The Solent Strategic Land and Infrastructure Board is the first of its kind in the country, will be output driven, and represents an innovative opportunity to make best use of local assets and better align transport investments to unlock and drive forward economic growth in the Solent.
Further updates on the work of the Board will be provided in the New Year.