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Derby & Derbyshire Combined Authority - Consultation

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, invited your comments on the proposal to create a Combined Authority for Derby and Derbyshire. The deadline for comments was Friday 23 January 2015.

Consultation on the Derby and Derbyshire Combined Authority Proposal

For the period from Friday 2 to Friday 23 January 2015 there will be a Derby and Derbyshire wide consultation on the proposal to create a Combined Authority. In brief:

A Combined Authority is a statutory organisation which enables authorities in a recognisable economic area to work together with a view to developing new and more efficient approaches to regeneration and economic development and transport. The proposed Derby and Derbyshire Combined Authority will include Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

A Combined Authority offers new opportunities for region wide development, more cohesive planning and cooperation with neighbouring combined authorities in Sheffield and Manchester.

The process

Currently there are economic plans for Derbyshire, created by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, and Derby, created by the Derby Renaissance Board, and a joint plan for Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham (D2N2) created by the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership. Derbyshire and Derby City are both transport authorities, Derby City and the district councils are all housing authorities. Everyone involved in these plans and services has been involved in a review of the current situation and in drafting a future scheme. It is necessary to show government that the future scheme will improve coordination, development and economic prosperity.

There are five ambitions in the proposed scheme:

  • Supporting our People: Skills creating a 21st Century Guildhall to improve training and links with employment
  • Shaping our Place: Routes to Work delivering improvements to public transport networks and transport infrastructure
  • Shaping our Place: Homes more affordable homes in the right place to meet local needs and create sustainable communities
  • Supporting our Business: securing more and better paid jobs for local people
  • Financing the Future: Enabling improvement - innovation and creativity in securing increased investment and flexibility to support growth

The consultation

The proposed combined authority will be a major change in the way private and public sector organisations work together. We urge you to consider the information which is available and to participate in the online survey. You are also invited to send other considerations to:

Joe Battye
Director Economy and Regeneration
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

email: joe.battye@derbyshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01629 536574

Once all the consultation results have been received and considered, the D2 Joint Committee will prepare a final version of the draft Scheme and Review Report for consideration by each of the ten local authorities; this is planned to take place in early February, 2015.

After the Review report and Scheme have been approved by the D2 authorities, the Joint Committee will publish the documents with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will then consider our proposal and carry out a statutory consultation process with relevant parties.

Thank you, in anticipation, for your participation and views.