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East Anglia projects in line for Growth Fund bids

Several large construction projects in East Anglia could apply for funding from the third round of the Regional Growth Fund, Construction News has learnt.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg this week said the next round of bidding for funds through the recently extended RGF would open in February.

And the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership said it would consider resubmitting a number of projects that were rejected in earlier rounds of the programme.

Programme director Chris Starkie said: “We recognise that lack of infrastructure is a huge problem in Norfolk and Suffolk. We would like to see greater investment in infrastructure.

“There is no doubt we will be supporting bids in the new round of the RGF, and making the case that the South-east and East of England are places the government should be investing.”

Potential projects included subsidies for apprenticeships on major energy construction projects in the region; an access road from the A14 into Suffolk Business Park in Bury St Edmonds; and work on Haven Gateway Partnership’s Snoasis leisure centre.

“These are all possibilities for applications as they were all rejected in Round 2,” said Mr Starkie.

The RGF was launched in October 2010, has allocated £1.4bn to 176 projects.

Chancellor George Osborne pledged a further £1bn for the fund at last week’s autumn statement.

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