Amber Valley at forefront of regeneration drive

Amber Valley Borough Council has become the first in Derbyshire to formally put its weight behind a new combined authority to help drive economic regeneration for the region.

The Council has resolved to be part of the D2 Combined Authority (CA) and to support its development. The initiative has developed in line with a strong desire nationally to re-balance the economy, and develop new, forward-looking economies that support growth and prosperity.

It is within this context that the UK’s 39 Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) were created to bring together private and public sector skills – and purpose – to help address the economic challenges and drive regional growth. The Derby and Derbyshire/Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP is the body for the D2 area.

Recent Government policies and funding announcements have sought to advance ‘localism’ and devolve decision making to LEP areas, recognising the ‘importance of place’ in successful economic development and the need for local, distinct solutions to tackle the challenges of economic growth.

The proposed D2 Combined Authority will be constituted of a Board, made up of the 10 Leaders from the D2 local authorities. It will form an essential element of overall LEP-wide governance and, in so doing, will help strengthen local accountability and ensure transparency of decision-making.

One of the significant benefits of the proposed CA is that it will attract further devolved funding from Government with more local determination of priorities and alignment of resources.

  • The work programme of the D2 CA will be focused initially around the four main ambitions:
    Jobs and employment
  • Skills
  • Transport:
  • Housing

Councillor Paul Jones, Leader of the Council said: “This is a significant opportunity for the D2 area and the wider D2N2 LEP region to put forward its own vision for growth and devolution which builds on existing economic strengths and assets and ensures Derbyshire residents benefit from increased prosperity.”

He stressed, however, that a combined authority is not the same as a merger or take-over of councils or a unitary council. “Councils do not give up their individual powers they simply work more closely together in a more structured way.”

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