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An Introduction to the North Wales Economic Ambition Board & Quarterly report

Meeting: 11/10/2022 - Environment & Economy Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Item 20)

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That the Annual Report for 2021-22 be noted.



The Chief Officer (Planning, Environment and Economy) introduced the report and provided background information on the North Wales Economic Ambition Board.


Hedd Vaughan Evans, David Matthews and Henry Aron,  Ambition North Wales, gave a joint presentation on the North Wales Growth Deal which covered the following points:


  • North Wales Growth Deal – Q1 and end of year update
  • Our vision
  • Principles
  • Objectives
  • Investment
  • Our structure
  • Achievements 2021-2022
  • 5 Programmes:

o   Agri-food and Tourism

o   Digital connectivity

o   Innovation in High Value Manufacturing

o   Low Carbon Energy

o   Land and Property


Councillor David Healey welcomed the project and spoke in support of the benefits that could be achieved through creation of employment opportunities, skills, and carbon neutral conditions.


Councillor Mike Peers referred to the aspiration on page 36 of the report that North Wales was well placed to become a ‘world leader’ and asked if the tidal scheme was being carried out and if there were further projects planned, citing wind and solar farms as examples.  Councillor Peers also referred to current local development on green field land at Manor Lane, Broughton, which was located next to Airbus and close to the Deeside Enterprise Zone and asked what type of employment would be created on that site. 


In response to the comments and questions raised by Councillor Peers, Henry Aron referred to work with the Welsh Government on the North Wales Regional Energy Strategy which provided an holistic view about technologies and other energy types that would need to be developed across North Wales.  Henry Aron also gave an update on progress on the tidal project.  The Chief Officer (Planning, Environment & Economy) provided an update on local development concerning the Warren Hall site. 


            The recommendation as set out in the report, was moved and seconded by CouncillorsDan Rose and Mike Peers



That the Annual Report for 2021-22 be noted.