Boundary Committee recommends new unitary authorities

The Boundary Committee for England has just published its report into local government arrangements in Devon (including the Lib Dem minority control council of Exeter), Norfolk and Suffolk.

It says:

In Devon, the Committee has put forward a single unitary council for the current Devon county area.

In Norfolk, the Committee has put forward a single unitary council for the whole of Norfolk.

In Suffolk, the Committee has made two proposals: a unitary county of Suffolk (the Committee’s preferred alternative proposal for Suffolk); and a two-unitary pattern comprising an Ipswich & Felixstowe authority and a Rural Suffolk authority.

These are proposals that are alternative to the original bids for unitary status made by Exeter City Council, Norwich City Council and Ipswich City Council, originally made in 2007. The Committee has recommended today that all of these original bids are not implemented…

Now that the Committee has provided its advice, it is up to the Secretary of State to take a decision on whether:

  • to implement the original (i.e. Norwich City Council/Exeter City Council/Ipswich Borough Council) proposal, with or without modification
  • to implement the Committee’s alternative proposal (as published today), with or without modification
  • take no action

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has stated that anyone who wishes to make representations on any unitary proposal that he is considering, or on any matters connected with it, can do so by 19 January 2010.
All such representations should be made in writing and sent to the following email or postal addresses:


Unitary Structures Team
Zone 3/J1
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU

Mark Valladares has blogged his views on these proposals over on his blog.

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