The Business Plan has three main purposes:
to demonstrate the ambitious vision that PUSH has for South Hampshire and the steps we are taking to deliver it
to demonstrate how PUSH will be working with its partners
to encourage investment in South Hampshire by the public and private sectors
It is arranged in thematic chapters; economic development, housing and planning, sustainability; community infrastructure, creating quality places, transport and external funding. It sets out high level action plans for these themes, which stem from and should be read in the context of, seperate strategies for specific themes.
Each theme is overseen by a Delivery Panel, which is responsible for producing and maintaining a detailed delivery plan for its theme. This includes actions and projects; timescales, milestones and responsibilities, which correspond to the high level objectives set out in the Plan.
The Business Plan also outlines the resources required to deliver it, whether or not those resources have yet been secured, how further resources are to be secured and the ways in which PUSH conducts its business to support delivery of the plan.
It is clear that the current level of resources committed to PUSH projects is substantially less than that which is required to deliver the strategy and therefore the plan also sets out innovative mechanisms that PUSH is exploring to secure additional resources.
It is considered a 'living document', responsive to the evolving national and regional policy context in line with an evidence based approach necessary to inform decisions. As a result PUSH undertakes a review of the Plan at regular intervals updating it as necessary. Nevertheless, it provides a firm basis for actions to be taken forward by PUSH partners.
At its meeting in June 2011 the Joint Committee approved the PUSH Business Plan for 2011-13 and the associated Delivery Themed Action Plans. The business plan provides a robust and structured framework for developing the theme based action plans for 2011-13 and describes a direction of travel for the evolution of PUSH’s governance structures leading to new structures being adopted by March 2012. The plan as a whole acknowledges the dramatic changes in the policy environment within which PUSH now operates, recognises the establishment of the Solent LEP and reflects the ambitions set out in the PUSH Economic Development Strategy. These significant changes as well as the profound impact that the recession continues to have on PUSH's long-term objectives, have led to a focus of PUSH activities and the way in which PUSH undertakes them. As well as acting as a framework for guiding PUSH activity, the business plan also acts as a foundation for the PUSH performance framework.
The 2010-2012 business plan was a refresh of the previous plan (2009-2011) rather than a comprehensive review.
The second iteration of the Business Plan (South Hampshire means business) was finalised in May 2009. It updates the previous plan (2008-2011) incorporating the targets and actions arising from the South Hampshire Multi-Area Agreement (MAA) signed in July 2008 and taking into account progress made and significant changes in circumstances over the 12 months since the first Business Plan was produced:
The first Business Plan (A brighter future for South Hampshire: moving to delivery) was produced in 2008 and was made up of two volumes setting out: