Town deal FAQs
The Town Deal is the agreement signed by government, the Town Deal board and the council, as lead organisation for the project. The Town Deal is signed after the board has developed and submitted their Town Investment Plan by 29 January 2021 and it has been approved by government.
No, the Town Deal Board will have to submit a strong evidence-based Town Investment Plan (strategy document), which the Government will have to assess and approve. The plan will set out the vision and ambition for the town, what its challenges are and what projects could help to contribute towards achieving the vision.
All Town Deals need to have an accountable body, which has to be the local council for that town, in Hastings that is Hastings Borough Council. Hastings Council is responsible for signing the Town Deal with the town deal board and government and is the responsible body for the fund to flow through, as well overseeing the governance of the Town deal board.
The Board is the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined. The board includes membership specified by government in its prospectus, as well as businesses, community representative organisations, public sector and other partners committed to improving Hastings.
Its key tasks are to:
- Develop and agree an evidenced based Town Investment Plan, including initial concept projects and interventions
- Once the Town Investment Plan has been approved by government, develop a detailed programme of projects and interventions
- Coordinate resources and collaborate with stakeholders.
The Town Deal board have been awarded £173,029 from the Government to support the development of the Town Deal, its Investment Plan and business case development for specific projects. Through this process they will have to identify projects, what funding is required; and how these projects fit with the vision, challenges/ambitions and wider longer-term plan for the continued regeneration of the town.
Through the Town Deal Board; this includes businesses, business representative organisations as well as community representative organisations and other partners committing to improving Hastings.
The board also have to develop a stakeholder engagement plan as part of the Town Investment Plan. This will show past engagement that has already happened through other programmes and projects across the town, present engagement during the development of the Town Investment Plan and future engagement that will happen during the six years of the Town Deal programme. All of this engagement will need to show how it has influenced and shaped the Town Deal programme, whist being mindful of any restrictions caused by COVID-19.
The board are keen to hear from you if you have an idea or comment, please send an email to: email@example.com. There will also be opportunities through the six years of the Town deal programme to get involved in developing and shaping the projects that will be delivered through the Investment Plan and beyond.
The open call for Expression of Interests for project ideas to be included in the Town Investment Plan has now closed.
Projects and ideas have been assessed using the Town Deal project prioritisation and assessment process, which has been set out by government to make sure that projects fit with the requirements for the Town Deal programme.
The project prioritisation and assessment process was carried out by a subgroup of the town deal board (project prioritisation working group – the PPWG), Town Deal project team officers and an independent expert assessor (Genecon). All those that submitted an idea through the expression of interest form received feedback on their ideas or projects or were requested to submit further information as part of the next stage of the project prioritisation process.
All projects were assessed against:
- Treasury Greenbook
- Intervention framework
- local criteria (which will also inform what we measure against)
- Hastings criteria informed by:
- SWOT, Vision and Theory of change undertaken by board
- Evidence and research – Hastings & Rother Regeneration review, Local Industrial Strategy and Coastal Communities Prospectus
- Local plan survey
- Previous consultation and project bids (across partners)
- COVID 19 specific recovery documents and discussions
- EOIs and ideas submitted via webpage, Accelerated fund proposals, Active transport proposals, Facebook comments, emails, phone calls and My Town website (govt website)
- Towns Hub (government appointed expert support for Town Deal towns) and Genecon (independent assessors) feedback and input
155 Expression of Interest forms were received, of which 41 were assessed and grouped into 23 projects by independent assessors, Genecon and the Town Deal board project prioritisation working group to move onto the next stage in the assessment process. Following that stage, 7 grouped projects were recommended and approved by the board on the 14 December for investment through the Town Investment Plan.
More information on the Project Prioritisation Process can be found in the Town Deal Board minutes and papers.
There were 155 Expression of interest forms received, these ranged from general comments about the town, to an idea, to more worked up and developed projects, below shows these EOIs via ty type and location.
- Education provision ideas and EOIs – Town centre, Baird Ward and Ore Valley = 4
- Active transport/Public realm ideas – across borough and outside borough = 70
- Revenue ideas and other EOIs – across borough = 26
- Town centre sites and building use ideas = 40
- St Leonards and west of borough ideas and EOIs = 10
- Employment and industrial site ideas/EOIs = 5
Hastings is currently at the start of the process “Submit your town investment plan”. Hastings Town Investment Plan will be submitted to government for assessment on the 29 January 2021. Below shows the process from beginning to delivery of projects.
Process from beginning to delivery of projects
The Town Towns Hub / Ministry for Housing Communities & Local Government
Town Investment Plan
Prepare your Town Investment plan
Support through your regional office and Town Fund delivery partners
Submit your Town Investment plan (if unsuccessful first time, one chance to revise and re-submit)
Decision gateway 1
Review your plan and offer feedback and/or offer heads of terms
Heads of Terms Agreement
Agree Heads of Terms to agree selected projects for business case development
Approx. 2-3 months
Detailed projects and business cases
Up to 12 months
Develop detailed projects and business cases
Provide ongoing support and guidance
Assure detailed business cases through local accountable body, or submit the business case to the Towns Hub for novel forms of investment
Follow Towns Hub assurance process to agree detailed business case when the project is outside the intervention framework
Submit summary document which provides assurances that the business case approval process has been robust
Decision gateway 2
Review summary document and confirm whether Heads of Terms conditions have been met
Agree final projects and funding
Start work on projects