The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published their Prospectus for the Government ‘Towns Fund’ in November 2019.
This identified that Cornwall Council would be required to take on the role as “Lead Council” for the four towns in Cornwall (Penzance, St Ives, Camborne and Truro) that have been selected to participate in the first tranche of 100 towns that are being considered by Government to benefit from up to £25 million each to help their regeneration via a Town Investment Plan. If the bid for funding is successful, Camborne (and the other three Towns potentially) will enter into a Town Deal with Government.
The Towns Fund will provide core public investment via Town Deals and the objective of the Fund is to drive the economic regeneration of towns to deliver long term economic and productivity growth through:
• Urban regeneration, planning and land use: ensuring towns are thriving places for people to live and work, including by: increasing density in town centres; strengthening local economic assets including local cultural assets; site acquisition, remediation, preparation, regeneration; and making full use of planning tools to bring strategic direction and change.
• Skills and enterprise infrastructure: driving private sector investment and ensuring towns have the space to support skills and small business development.
• Connectivity: developing local transport schemes that complement regional and national networks, as well as supporting the delivery of improved digital connectivity
As the “Lead Council” for each Town, Cornwall Council is tasked to provide the necessary support to each Town Deal Board to enable them to form and then to successfully develop a dedicated ‘Town Investment Plan’ (TIP) through local consultation and stakeholder engagement. The TIPs are to be completed and submitted to Government for consideration by the end of 2020.
A dedicated resource has been allocated by the Council to each of the four Towns (estimated to be circa 0.5 FTE each) to undertake the functions of Towns Fund co-ordination.
In Penzance, Truro and St Ives, individual ‘Towns Fund Coordinators’ are in post. In Camborne, however, the Towns Fund Coordinator role has recently become vacant and, following consideration of the progress made to date and the current status of the work, a decision has been taken not to replace the Towns Fund Coordinator role, rather to commission the remaining key tasks on a task and finish basis through the engagement of a suitably qualified consultant or consultancy.
The purpose of this Invitation to Tender is therefore to procure the services of a suitably experienced consultant or consultancy to deliver the services set out in the Sections below.
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