Agenda and minutes
LEP London Infrastructure Group
Wednesday 5 June 2013 9.00 am

Venue: City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Contact: Claire Sherer, Senior Board Officer  Tel: 020 7983 6549 Email:  [email protected]

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

1.1  There were no apologies.

 

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

2.1  Greg Clark declared his standing interest as Chairman of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, noting that no related decisions were being taken at the meeting.

 

 

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 24 April 2013 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Minutes:

3.1  DECISION:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 April 2013 be agreed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

4.

Actions Arising pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Minutes:

4.1  Members received an update on actions arising from previous meetings of the Panel and noted that the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) had endorsed the £40m Growing Places Fund investments in the Infrastructure Projects considered at the meeting on 24 April 2013.

 

4.2  It was clarified that the “map of London indicating areas with high growth potential” was included in ‘The London Plan’ and this would be recirculated to Members.

 

4.3  DECISION:

 

That the update on actions arising from previous meetings be noted.

 

 

5.

Update from Transport for London (TfL) on Major Infrastructure Projects

Presented by Michèle Dix, Transport for London (TfL) Managing Director, Planning.

 

Minutes:

5.1  Michèle Dix updated Members on TfL’s Major Infrastructure Projects.

 

5.2  In particular, Members discussed the culture of “catching up” with regards to transport capacity and whether there was any merit in looking at ways to address:

 

·  the financial and planning barriers that have historically prevented growth beyond the needs of the present / near future

·  the culture of short-termism (often related to government elections) and whether longer-term ambitions (i.e. a vision for 2050) could be driven by regional government

·  innovative ways of integrating transport hubs into the wider public realm

 

5.3  DECISION:

 

That the Update from Transport for London (TfL) on Major Infrastructure Projects be noted.

 

 

6.

Jobs & Growth Plan - Implementation pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Introduced by Fiona Fletcher-Smith, GLA Executive Director - Development, Enterprise & Environment.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Members considered the Implementation Plan, noting that Item 46 (advising the Mayor on allocating the Growing Places Fund to best support infrastructure projects) had been completed.

 

6.2  The Plan would be brought back to the next meeting with further detail on the activities and budgets and Members requested that this highlight the priority areas and where the LEP/Group’s intervention could stimulate activity that would not happen otherwise.

 

6.3  DECISION:

 

That the Jobs & Growth Implementation Plan be noted.

 

 

7.

Electricity Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Presented by Jorn Peters, GLA Senior Strategic Planner - London Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Group noted the regulatory barriers that were preventing UK Power Networks (UKPN) from investing in electricity infrastructure for the future.

 

7.2  Members were broadly supportive of the need to address any barriers to growth and, in order to consider possible interventions, requested further information on:

 

·  whether it was possible to work within the existing Ofgem regulatory framework

·  the costs associated with constructing an evidence base for regulatory change

 

7.3  DECISION:

 

That the issues emerging from the UK Power Networks Business Plan process be noted and that potential actions and/or investment activities that could promote better strategic investment in electricity infrastructure be considered at the Group’s next meeting on 12 September 2013.

 

 

8.

Infrastructure Plan for London pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Presented by Jeremy Skinner, GLA Senior Manager - Growth & Enterprise.

Minutes:

8.1  The Group were given a brief overview of proposals for a high-level Infrastructure Plan for London, although it was noted that it might retitled as the ‘Capital Investment Plan for London’

 

8.2  Members were supportive of the need for this Plan, which would set out a clear strategy for London and they noted:

 

·  the need to support the Mayor in his ambition for greater devolution of both taxation and the control of resources in London (as recommended in ‘Raising the capital: the report of the London Finance Commission’ published in May 2013)

·  that the Group should explore other ways of leveraging London’s assets e.g. infrastructure investment, institutions etc.

 

8.3  DECISIONS:

 

a)  That the need for a London Infrastructure Plan be agreed in principle; and

 

b)  That the London Infrastructure Group will provide strategic input to the development of the Mayor’s capital investment plan for London

 

 

9.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 3.00pm on 12 September 2013.

Minutes:

9.1  The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 3.00pm on 12 September 2013 at City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA.

 

 

10.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

10.1  The Group requested that updates on the following matters be brought to the next meeting:

 

·  Transport for London (TfL) forecasts

·  Outcomes from the Comprehensive Spending Review 2013 (due to be announced on 26 June 2013)

 

 

11.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

11.1  The meeting closed at 10.40am.