Housing – policy

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and enterprise zones

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Local enterprise partnerships

Local enterprise partnerships are partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings and facilities in the area.

Local enterprise partnerships were given the chance to apply to have an enterprise zone and 24 were awarded. These zones can take advantage of tax incentives and simplified local planning regulations.

So far 39 local enterprise partnerships have been created. See the full list and map of local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones below.

Local Enterprise Partnerships map

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To help local enterprise partnerships share knowledge and ideas, we’ve set up the local enterprise partnerships network. Membership of the network is open to representatives of all local enterprise partnerships in England.

Spreadsheet showing local authority (district/unitary) areas covered by local enterprise partnerships.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is supporting local enterprise partnerships that identify housing, land and regeneration as growth priorities.

Specifically it is:

  • providing support and advice to local organisations bidding for government funding from the Regional Growth Fund
  • providing government funding to many of the 24 enterprise zones, including those where the HCA is a landowner
  • advising local organisations on the use of revolving investment funds to maximise benefits from Growing Places Fund investment
  • supporting and advising cities and local enterprise partnerships on the housing and regeneration aspects of their City and Growth Deals respectively