17-Nov-2016

Following a special meeting of full council on Wednesday 16 November, members at Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) have voted to accept plans for devolution.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal is acknowledged by government as one of the most ambitious in the country and, for the first time, puts power and funding into the hands of local people and not Westminster, with more deals to follow.

Commenting on the decision, Executive Leader of HDC, Cllr Robin Howe, said: "I’m pleased that Huntingdonshire District Council has decided to approve the devolution deal and start making a real difference to our communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The devolution of powers from central government to a more local Combined Authority has significant advantages for the district."

Should other councils agree to become a constituent member of a Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Huntingdonshire will particularly benefit from support for infrastructure development, which will unlock the housing potential at Wyton and the development of a new Master Plan for St Neots.

Huntingdonshire and East Cambridgeshire District Councils are the first councils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to accept the plans for devolution. Decisions by Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, Fenland District Council, Peterborough City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council will follow this week and next. Earlier this month, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership Board voted in favour of the current proposals for devolution that will see more money and powers brought to the local area.

Full council meetings for Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, which were due to take place earlier this week, have been rescheduled until next week to allow councillors to fully consider the differences between the draft order prepared by government and the devolution scheme proposed by the constituent councils. These have been communicated with members across all councils involved in the devolution decision and other councils will continue with their full council meetings as scheduled.