The government has reached Devolution agreements with councils
in Greater Manchester, Sheffield City Region, Cornwall, the North
East, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, East
Anglia, the West of England and Greater Lincolnshire.
Devolution deals are normally conditional on the establishment
of a "Combined Authority" for the region headed by a directly
elected Mayor in return for devolution of various powers and
delegation or sharing of budgets and responsibilities - usually
centred on securing economic growth.
Each devolution deal is unique to the region, however all
agreements include proposals on housing, usually giving the newly
elected Mayor and Combined Authority strategic planning powers
while some also include housing investment powers under powers
devolved from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Matthew Warburton, ARCH Policy Adviser, has produced a briefing
paper setting out the background to these deals, policy focus and
potential implications for housing.
the briefing paper.