Published: 18th Dec 2019

County council leaders have urged the new government to abandon Whitehall’s obsession with ‘city centric’ policies and instead level up ‘left-behind’ shire counties. In a new report, the County Councils Network (CCN) has called on the new administration to ‘unleash the potential’ of county areas. The report calls on the new government to deliver ‘ambitious’ devolution deals to county areas to enable them access fresh powers in skills, transport, and regional growth. It also calls for the planning system to be reformed, so decisions over major new housing developments are matched with enough infrastructure and county authorities are given an increased role in place-shaping It also says ministers should allow bids from rural areas to access the government’s flagship £4.1bn Local Public Transport Fund to help reverse the decline in local bus services in county towns and rural areas. The report also recommends a review the future of Local Enterprise … (To read the full article, subscribe below)