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Devolution court case outcome

A two day judicial hearing about devolution plans for Chesterfield took place at the High Court in London on 9 and 10 November.

Derbyshire County Council brought the case against Sheffield City Region Combined Authority as it believed the devolution consultation carried out by the city region in July and August was not robust enough.

High Court judge Mr Justice Ouseley has today (Wednesday 21 December) decided that the original public consultation responses should stand and has dismissed the majority of claims made by the county council.

However, he has ruled that the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority should do further public consultation about whether Chesterfield should become a full member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, allowing it to benefit from a share of £484 million over the next five years and £900 million over 30 years.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “We firmly believe that being part of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal offers the best way to grow Chesterfield’s economy and create jobs for our residents.

“We can all see the progress being made on site at the £320 million Waterside development and we have just signed the £2.4 million funding agreement to enable work to begin on the Peak Resort leisure development. These are real developments bringing real jobs and growth to Chesterfield, only made possible through funding from the Sheffield City Region.

“The judge’s decision confirms that the original public consultation process still stands, and also dismisses the majority of the complaints the county council made.

“What it does do is ask Sheffield City Region to carry out further public consultation about whether or not Chesterfield should become a full member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

“We will support that process, as we did the previous extensive public consultation run by the Sheffield City Region.

“What is at stake is a share of at least £484 million over the next five years to those areas that want to be part of the Sheffield City Region deal.

“Each day that passes is a delay to that investment flowing into Chesterfield and Derbyshire, and the benefits it would bring to Derbyshire residents and businesses.

“There is no other devolution deal on the table. Council leaders elsewhere in Derbyshire still don’t want an elected mayor, which means there is no prospect of an alternative Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire deal.” 


First published on 21 December 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017