Strategic Economic Framework (updating to West Yorkshire Plan in 2023)

The Strategic Economic Framework sets out our ambitious vision for the ongoing transformation of West Yorkshire and establishes our investment and decision-making priorities for how we will achieve this.

Our vision (Under Review)

To be recognised globally as a place with a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives supported by a superb environment and world-class infrastructure.



Our Partnerships

Partnership is at the heart of everything we do. The Combined Authority engages with local residents and businesses, works with other organisations in West Yorkshire and collaborates with the rest of Yorkshire and the North of England to develop, shape and deliver our policies, services and projects.

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Our Places

The Place Narrative has been written for partners and stakeholders of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. It provides a single narrative, and a consistent but flexible evidence base to underpin our plans and strategies, and those of our partners.

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Our Evidence Base

Underpinning the Strategic Economic Framework is an evidence base which identifies the key strengths, challenges, and opportunities we face. The evidence base is continually updated with new and emerging research and intelligence which informs our work.

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Our Policies and Strategies

  1. Bus

    A modern, integrated, and innovative bus system, which puts customers first.

    Read more about Bus
  2. Business Productivity and Resilience

    Supporting businesses to become more productive, focussing on the behaviours and good work that also make a positive long-term contribution to living standards and the environment in West Yorkshire

    Read more about Business Productivity and Resilience
  3. Connectivity

    Transport no longer being a barrier to people accessing jobs, businesses choosing to invest or residents improving their health.

    Read more about Connectivity
  4. Culture

    Making the most of the region’s distinctive natural and cultural assets, enhancing pride and wellbeing and developing the local visitor economy.

    Read more about Culture
  5. Economic and Transport Recovery

    A more inclusive, resilient sustainable economy with more productive businesses, better levels of skills and entrepreneurialism, less inequality, and environmental sustainability.

    Read more about Economic and Transport Recovery
  6. Employment and Skills

    A skilled and flexible workforce that meets the needs of the local economy and enables businesses and communities to thrive.

    Read more about Employment and Skills
  7. Spatial Planning

    Complementary spatial plans that support inclusive growth and investment in an active portfolio of strategic sites.

    Read more about Spatial Planning