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Over £1.1m in Funds Awarded to Support Business and Community

20 December 2022

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West Devon Borough Council is set to receive £1m of UK Shared Prosperity Funds to deliver targeted business and community support programmes within the local area.

The awards come from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

The Council is using its funding within the Borough to achieve the most sustainable outcomes possible to support the Council's Climate Change and Biodiversity promise to become net-zero in the Borough by 2050.

By working closely with specialist organisations, businesses and community groups, the Council can improve sustainable travel infrastructure, begin to decarbonise a range of business sectors, and help our farming community to adopt innovative approaches to farming that are better for our climate and ecology.

The first step towards improvements is Active and Inclusive Travel through:

  • programmes of activities to encourage people to use sustainable travel for their work and leisure activities, particularly making our tourism sites accessible through low carbon transport
  • the development of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, setting out and prioritising interventions to improve the local cycling and walking networks
  • supporting the West Devon Transport Hub to enhance the active and inclusive travel infrastructure linking the new hub to the wider community and surrounding areas.

Agriculture and Regenerative Farming improvements will support the rural economy by:

  • bringing research & development to our agricultural communities, turning them into a test bed for new technologies and processes so that they can lead the way in improving the national agricultural sector.
  • supporting farms to transition to regenerative farming processes. Focusing focus on improving soil quality, moving away from pesticides and fertilisers, and improving biodiversity on their sites.
  • supporting farms and food producers to get their products into local market places.

Across the Borough, the Council's specialist officers will be offering Wider Business Decarbonisation Support and Consultancy with:

  • support for Community Energy Groups to help them bring projects forward and access funds to support their goals.
  • support for village halls to strengthen the role they play in our most rural  communities.
  • delivery of decarbonisation plans for businesses, which will then be used to help them access grant support.
  • work with the local construction sector and its supply chain to strengthen its ability to deliver decarbonised building projects.

Councillor Peter Crozier, Lead Member for Economy for West Devon Borough Council, said: "This is excellent news for the Borough, for our businesses and our communities. Supporting clean growth will provide long lasting economic benefits to the area while protecting our natural environment.

"We're looking forward to working closely with the community to help us to strengthen our commitment towards becoming net-zero in the Borough."

These are only some of the range of projects currently planned with some activities set to begin in January, and others scheduled to run from April 2023 until the end of March 2025.

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