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									Smart Growth       The Midlands Way

A Report
for Consultation
                 Our Vision
and Creativity

 the Evolution
of Sustainable

  Growth and
   across the
Why Smart Growth: the Midlands Way?

The initial impetus for SMART Growth: the Midlands Way was
provided by the Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan,
launched by the Deputy Prime Minister in February 2003.

The Sustainable Communities Plan sets out to transform
communities and improve the quality of life for everyone
through a step change in our collective approach to economic
development, planning and housing, and through the provision
of extra resources.

SMART Growth is the Midlands contribution to taking forward
the Sustainable Communities Plan agenda nationally.

SMART Growth will develop into a framework for the Midlands’
future development. It will add value to existing approaches in
the two regions, such as the Regional Economic Strategies,
the Regional Spatial Strategies and the Regional Housing

The Development Process: Working
Together for Success

The development of SMART Growth: the Midlands Way has been
led by the two Regional Development Agencies (Advantage West
Midlands and East Midlands Development Agency), working
together with Government Offices, Regional Assemblies and
representatives from some of the major cities of the Midlands.

At the heart of SMART Growth: the Midlands Way is the
conviction that the Midlands are well equipped to meet the
challenges of the 21st century economy. And to do so in an
economically inclusive and sustainable way with collaboration
between enterprise, higher education, innovation, regeneration
and sustainable communities policies.

Our Commitment

l Our proposals will be anchored in evidence. Smart Growth:
The Midlands Way is about adding value to not duplicating, that
which is already underway.

l We will work openly and transparently with partners

l We will work to understand the priorities for development of
the Midlands to assist in agreement of the hard choices to be
Smart Growth        The Midlands Way
                                                                       Smart Growth Action

                                                                       To take forward SMART Growth: the
                                                                       Midlands Way three key areas of action
                                                                       have been identified which reflect our

                                                                       l SMART Productivity - raising
                                                                       productivity through smart use of
                                                                       technology and knowledge

                                                                       l SMART Connections - developing
                                                                       gateways and linkages nationally
                                                                       and internationally, including
                                                                       improvements to transport and
                                                                       communications links, people and
                                                                       community linkages.

                                                                       l SMART Renaissance - creating
                                                                       conditions for choice and growth
                                                                       through improved living environments
                                                                       and infrastructure, employment and
                                                                       skills, land assembly and use, and
                                                                       improving the public realm.

                                                  Next Steps

         SMART Growth: the Midlands Way will be presented at the       Please send any comments or
      Sustainable Communities Summit, to be held in Manchester
                                                                       thoughts you might have to
               early in 2005. This will be followed by a three month
    consultation, ending on 30th April 2005, involving a broad range   midlandsway@emd.org.uk or by post to
     of stakeholders throughout the Midlands, including the public,
                           private, research and voluntary sectors.
                                                                       Midlands Way

                  Three consultation events are planned across the     East Midlands Development Agency
               Midlands during this period, further details of which   FREEPOST LV7525
                               are available on the websites below.
          Following the consultation the RDAs, Government Offices       NG2 1BR
         and the Regional Assemblies will discuss and confirm the
    overall direction, and take forward the detailed implementation
                     planning of SMART Growth: the Midlands Way.

                     The full document is available by logging onto
                   www.emda.org.uk/midlandsway and

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