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The Enabling Infrastructure & Development Directorate (EID) has a five year vision which is:
"To drive smart economic growth and global competitiveness by leading the market in world class, sustainable development and enabling infrastructure, embracing the challenge of zero carbon emissions, piloting environmental technology and creating truly sustainable communities and great places with visionary partners"
The rationale for the activities of the EID is to create a physical environment which enables businesses and communities to thrive, providing the highest quality of built and natural environment, access to global markets, local connectivity and community cohesion.
In a region as prosperous as the South East, many of these benefits can be provided by the market but market failures exist, particularly around the provision of infrastructure, holistic economic development of disadvantaged areas creating thriving communities where people will work as well as live and, as the Stern Review identified, around mitigating and adapting to climate change.
In some localities and sub-regions, there is a need for both expertise and funding to be applied to deliver particularly important, difficult or strategic transport and development projects. It is also recognised that there are particular challenges within the region relating to the capacity (resource and skills) of Local Authorities to deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable places
The aim is to create a balanced approach, mixing physical demonstration, policy and strategic input and capacity-building to directly influence the behaviour of partners and stakeholders.
Principles underlying EID approach can be summarised as: