LCR Partnership has appointed the firm to develop the growth strategy for the area. LDA Design director of regeneration Neil Homer said the strategy must demonstrate the full economic value of green infrastructure if it is to be a success. "Our recent green infrastructure work in regeneration areas has given us a new insight into the challenges of proving the worth of this infrastructure in difficult economic times," said Homer.
He added: "LCR faces these same challenges and we hope to help local decision-makers determine how best to focus investment opportunities and shape planning policy and the practice of development management."
The plan will be prepared over the winter and will be presented to the partnership's Leaders Board in spring 2010.
LCR Partnership consists of a group of 11 local authorities, including those of North Yorkshire, Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford.
With close to three million people living in the area, 70,000 businesses and an economy worth £45bn a year, LCR has a large and growing economy, Homer added.
The partner authorities aim to grow the local economy by £7bn over the next 10 years.