What the RDAs do
RDAs make sure economic development in the regions takes into account the current and future needs of local and regional communities and the natural environment in which they live.
Protecting Nature, Providing Jobs
When the East of England Development Agency purchased the 27.5 hectare Northwick Road site from Safeway in 2002, it was identified by regional and local partner agencies as an important strategic site which could be regenerated to provide hundreds of new jobs and much needed space for training and businesses in the area. But the site is of national importance for the wildlife it supports including a variety of rare insects - particularly bees, wasps and beetles - reflecting the national importance of the East Thames corridor for wildlife. Following extensive ecological surveys, EEDA worked with English Nature to identify areas of the site to be conserved and separate areas to provide employment space and sorely needed jobs.