Leading City of Lincoln councillors are set to consider the next stages in the county’s ambitious devolution proposals later this month.
At a meeting of the Executive at City Hall on May 23, councillors will be updated on the process for the next stages in the devolution programme.
As previously reported, the devolution proposals agreed by the 10 Lincolnshire local authorities with Chancellor George Osborne in March 2016 will see significant new powers transferred to a new Greater Lincolnshire combined authority.
Key points of the proposal include:
- The combined authority will receive £15 million a year, for the next 30 years, for infrastructure projects
- Funding and responsibilities will include transport, housing, skills training and flood risk management
- A directly elected mayor will lead the combined authority, with elections potentially taking place in 2017
- All the councils will continue to exist in their current form
All councillors will then consider and endorse the decisions taken by the Executive at a meeting of the full council on May 24.
Executive councillors will also be briefed on the proposed submission of the draft Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) and be asked to recommend a formal response on behalf of the council.
The plan sets out targets for 36,960 new homes surrounding Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford by 2036, which councillors have said would create thousands of jobs as well as meeting housing demand.