Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the six Berkshire unitary authorities have worked together with specialist planning and economic consultants Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP), to better understand the economic geography of the sub region and identify the potential demand across Berkshire for additional employment land over the next 20 years.[1]

Part 1 of the study, published in February 2016, used a range of data for Thames Valley Berkshire to identify three core ‘Functional Economic Market Areas’ (FEMAs) operating in the area: Western Berkshire,[2] Central Berkshire[3] and Eastern Berkshire.[4] FEMAs can be described as the catchment areas within which drivers of the economy and their key markets operate, and as such work across administrative boundaries.

Part 2 of the study, published today, applied further analysis alongside the FEMA work to identify the future quantity of land or floor space that could be required for economic development uses in each FEMA and unitary authority area. These reports are referred to as ‘Economic Development Needs Assessments’ (EDNAs).  

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP published its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) in May 2014, which set out a long-term blueprint for economic growth within the sub region. It is currently working on a Spatial Economic Narrative (SEN), which will provide a business perspective on spatial and investment priorities. The six unitary authorities will use the findings of the study and the SEP & SEN to inform Local Plan policy, and work with each other and neighbouring councils to plan for land use needs of the future economy.

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[1] Employment uses include offices, industrial and warehousing activities

[2] The Western Berkshire FEMA comprises West Berkshire Council

[3] The Central Berkshire FEMA comprises Reading Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

[4] The Eastern Berkshire FEMA – Slough Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and South Bucks District Council

11 November 2016 Strategic Infrastructure