New Frontiers

An inclusive approach to an economy, environment and society that works for everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has created the New Frontiers plan. This will support a local economy that works for everyone. It will help build global industries, grow skills and wages and protect our heritage and environment.

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New Frontiers is a series of requests of Government that have been developed in a highly collaborative way, drawing in ideas and input from partners including:

  • Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly
  • health partners
  • the police and
  • local business and academic partners

A summary of New Frontiers, which was fully endorsed by all partners on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board  in April 2018, can be found here. The plan is split into three distinct sections:

  • Brexit Frameworks – looking at how we can proactively plan and prepare for Brexit
  • Distinctive Strengths – outlining how we can engage with the Industrial Strategy in our emerging industries
  • Devolution– containing a series of asks of Government to build on our existing devolution deal

The purpose of the document is to allow Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to bring together a lot of separate initiatives that allow us to prepare for the opportunities and challenges of Brexit, develop our distinctive economic strengths and build on the existing devolution deal. It provide a framework for negotiation with Government that will allow us to form new partnerships, gain additional powers and also articulate our economic, social and environmental aspirations in a single document. The timing seems right: As with the Scottish referendum that aligned with the first devolution deal being signed, Brexit provides a catalyst for change that we must grasp to ensure that our regions prospers now and into the future.

Following an extensive round of approvals from component boards New Frontiers has a strong mandate to move forward with the negotiations with Government. The co-design of the document led to many sections being written by external organisations with strong links to a number of local strategic documents such as the 10 Opportunities, the Environmental Growth Strategy and the Employment and Skills Strategy, and the onus on taking forward many elements of New Frontiers will reside with multiple partners.

Given the strong partnership approach, there is also an opportunity to strengthen the role and purpose of the Leadership Board, highlighting how an alternative governance structure to the metropolitan mayoral system can provide strategic leadership and oversight of major initiatives.

The support of the wider public and key opinion-formers is also important in taking forward Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s proposition to Government. New Frontiers has secured extensive media traction, reaching an audience of over 3 million to date through coverage including BBC Newsnight, The Sunday Times and LocalGov.co.uk.

New Frontiers has also been positively received by Government thanks to our proactive approach which will lead to a significantly increase in the region’s fiscal contribution into the national economy and will also deliver tens of thousands of new jobs for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by 2030.

Our ambitious New Frontiers plan will establish a new relationship between communities, the public and private sectors. This is to bring a change in approach to the economy and people’s wellbeing, both at home and at work.

New Frontiers is structured around three sections:

Each section contains a series of propositions which articulate a strong local ‘offer’. This is alongside our ‘ask’ of national government, to unlock clearly defined ‘benefits'. 

A clear consistent steer is that Government is not currently in a position to have a single conversation leading to a single deal comparable to Cornwall’s 2015 Devolution Deal. Instead, the Cities and Local Growth Unit will facilitate a series of separate conversations focussed on individual components of the holistic proposition within New Frontiers - which when successfully concluded would reshape, and sequentially ‘add’, to our existing Deal.

It is for this reason that a programme approach has been developed to ensure that the progress of all elements is measured, accountable and understood by key decision makers. The unanimous formal support of local partners and engagement of Cornwall’s MPs is already proving helpful in discussions with Government on individual components of the proposition, including live discussions on housing, transport and on securing a tick-box for Cornish identity within the Census.

Read New Frontiers - our proposition to Government for developing an economy that works for everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.