The benefits of the devolution proposal for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are set out in detail as a draft deal document is published for the first time today.
It was sent to Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State for Communities Greg Clark shortly before Christmas and if agreed by Government for consultation, the draft document [PDF 5.2MB] will be formally considered by Members of Derbyshire Dales District Council - one of 19 local authorities involved in the proposal.
Some of the benefits delivered by devolution would include 55,000 new jobs, 77,000 extra homes and a 30-year investment fund.
The 19 councils across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, together with business leaders from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership which covers the two counties, are seeking to create a Combined Authority for the region by March 2016 – the first of its kind featuring district, borough, city and county councils.
However, Derbyshire Dales District Council would continue to deliver current services in the same way - there is to be no merging of councils or their responsibilities. The Combined Authority would be granted new powers and resources currently held in London and gain responsibility for delivering a raft of new measures to boost economic growth, create jobs, build new homes and improve the quality of life for people living in the area.
- Following a request from Government, the devolution bid has been renamed as "North Midlands", more accurately reflecting the geographical area covered and it is anticipated the same name would be used for the Combined Authority.