In September 2016, Derbyshire County Council made a claim that the Sheffield City Region’s consultation was misleading.
On 9-10 November 2016, the case was considered at the High Court in London.
Today’s judgement does not quash the Sheffield City Region’s devolution consultation but says before it can be considered by the Secretary of State that further consultation is required.
A spokesperson for Sheffield City Region Combined Authority said: “This judgement confirms that our extensive and wide-ranging consultation will not be quashed. The judgement raised the need to carry out further consultation to address the proposed governance changes in Chesterfield. We will now take some time to consider the judgement and our next steps. We will make further public statements once we have had the opportunity to do this.”
- On 2 October 2015, Sheffield City Region’s (SCR) political and business leaders secured a Devolution Agreement with HM Treasury
- The deal involves the significant devolution of power and funding from Whitehall to local leaders in the City Region, including £900m of additional funding which would be made available.
- In July and August 2016, SCR undertook extensive consultation on its Devolution Deal which received over 2,892 responses from residents across the SCR
- The consultation covered the full geography of the city region and focused on resident and business perceptions of the terms of the deal
- The consultation opened at midday on 1 July 2016 and closed at 11.59pm on 12 August 2016
- The consultation covered the terms of a deal which brings new money and powers from Whitehall to local government in exchange for creating a Mayoral Combined Authority.