- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 20 Jun 2018
Local enterprise partnerships
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are partnerships between local authorities and businesses that decide investment priorities for sustainable economic growth across their local economic area. This can include investment in roads, buildings and other facilities.
They emerged from the coalition government’s localism agenda announced in the 2010 Budget. The local growth white paper, published in October 2010, defined the function of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The first Local Enterprise Partnerships were created in 2011, replacing Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) which were phased out in 2012. In June 2013, a fund of at least £2bn a year was created for LEPs (the Local Growth Fund).
Local Enterprise Partnerships can bid to create enterprise zones, intended to encourage growth and create new businesses and jobs by allowing simplified planning procedures and through business rates discounts. Enterprise zones are geographically defined areas of 'economic opportunity', usually 50 to 150 hectares on ‘clean’ sites (sites with few existing business occupants). See Enterprise zones for more information.
On 7 July 2014, the government announced a series of Growth Deals to provide funds to LEPs, with plans for a first instalment to invest at least £12 billion in local economies. This includes all Local Growth Fund investments.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Business rates.
- Capital allowances.
- City deals.
- Consultation process.
- Development corporation.
- Enterprise zones.
- Going for growth, Reviewing the Effectiveness of Government Growth Initiatives.
- Growth and Infrastructure Bill.
- Growth deal.
- Heritage perspectives on infrastructure.
- Housing zone.
- Local Development Orders.
- Localism Act.
- Pink zones.
- Planning permission.
- Simplified planning zones.
 External references
Featured articles and news
Connecting building design from inception to completion to operations.
Gregor Harvie predicts interoperability will be construction’s Uber moment.
Expert commentary and insight.
Guidance offered for stained glass window maintenance.
Define need before determining viability.
Framework examines social value of projects.
RfX or Request for [fill in the blank].
Organisation establishes Equality, Diversity, Inclusion taskforce.
Government announces plans for new building projects.
Outsourcing method to procure and manage supplies.
Joint support of Local Authority Historic Environment and Conservation Services.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is an outstanding achievement.
Buildings of the interwar years. Book review.
Ireland’s climate change sectoral adaptation plan.
Rethinking the acoustics of the office.