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Hertfordshire Growth Board Memorandum of Understanding (EX/19/63)

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Decision that


1.    the Hertfordshire Growth Board Memorandum of Understanding  (Appendix 1 refers) setting out the objectives, principles, and scope of the collaborative work being and to be undertaken through the Hertfordshire Growth Board (HGB) at its meeting on 22 January 2020 be recommended to Full Council be agreed.


Purpose of the Decision


The main purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to let residents and businesses know of this absolute commitment to the above objectives, while also communicating the way in which the Growth Board Partners will work together to manage growth in the county.  It also sends a very clear message to central government about Hertfordshire’s ambitions.


In order to ensure Hertsmere is at the forefront for place shaping it cannot work in isolation, especially for infrastructure improvements, economic growth and future sustainability.  Hence joining in the Memorandum of Understanding is for the partners to:


·              raise awareness of their joint working intent to Hertfordshire residents, partners, businesses and central government;

·              commit to continued collaborative place-based working across Hertfordshire;

·              set out the joint working intention between the Partners; and demonstrate how they will work together as equal stakeholders with different roles to manage future growth in Hertfordshire.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The Council may decide not to join the partnership and carry the risk of failure to deliver economic growth as well as much needed infrastructure.  Furthermore the Council may breach its statutory duty to cooperate. It will also curtail the Council’s ability to deliver much needed housing growth and develop a sustainable local economy.  


Report author: Sajida Bijle

Publication date: 21/01/2020

Date of decision: 15/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 15/01/2020 - Executive

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