Local leaders welcome Chesterfield Council decision to apply to join Combined Authority

Published 7th March 2016 at 2:29pm

Local leaders from the public and private sector in Sheffield City Region have welcomed news that Chesterfield Council has taken the decision to pursue full constituent membership of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

Sir Councillor Steve Houghton CBE, Chair of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “It is great to see that Chesterfield will apply to become a constituent member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. Chesterfield is a key part of the Sheffield City Region economic area because people in our City Region travel to and from Chesterfield every day to work, do business and enjoy life.

“Our partners in Chesterfield have contributed hugely to our plans for economic growth and in helping us to achieve deal-after-deal with Government. Their decision to apply to join is based on what is best for the economy and jobs for people in Chesterfield. Their joining our city region as a constituent member would further cement our partnership and enable local leaders to focus on what really matters, which is making things better for everyone in Sheffield City Region.

“I also welcome Chesterfield’s ratification of our £900 million devolution deal which is another step on our devolution journey to take powers from Government and take control of our local economy.”

Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “I welcome news that Chesterfield Council will apply to become a constituent member of the Combined Authority and is fully supporting the devolution deal. This deal will enable public and private sector leaders to continue to work together to strengthen businesses and create more and better jobs for people in Sheffield City Region.”

The decision to apply to join the Combined Authority was made at a full Chesterfield Council meeting held on Thursday 3 March 2016. Full membership of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority would give Chesterfield the ability to fully benefit from the Sheffield City Region’s £900 million devolution deal, which will give the Combined Authority £30 million of additional funding over the next 30 years.

The major benefit to Chesterfield of the Devolution Deal is a share of £900 million over the next 30 years to support the delivery of key regeneration projects, improve the skills of local people and help local businesses become more competitive. Current and future Chesterfield schemes supported through Sheffield City Region include:

  • Work starting in the near future on the construction of Basin Square, the commercial heart of the Chesterfield Waterside scheme.
  • Funding allocated for the development of a scheme at the town centre’s Northern Gateway, increasing the attractiveness of the town for shoppers and visitors.
  • Funding ring-fenced to enable the Peak Resort development to start on site, supporting the creation of a large number of new jobs.
  • The development of a new Housing Investment Fund that could unlock opportunities for housing growth in places such as the Staveley and Rother Corridor.
  • The establishment of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, providing a one-stop-shop of support for local businesses and start-ups. Local business access to a Sheffield City Region funding pot of £52 million, to support capital investment that creates new employment.

The establishment of a Skills Bank providing a flexible pot of funding for businesses to provide 42,000 qualifications over the next six years. Many Chesterfield based companies have already engaged with the current ‘Skills Made Easy’ programme to take on apprentices and train their workforce.

Notes to editors

  • The nine local authority members of SCR are Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.
  • The Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council has been a Board member of the SCR LEP from its formation.
  • All 9 local authorities are members of the Combined Authority, with Chesterfield and the 4 other district councils originally joining as non-constituent members. This decision means Chesterfield will apply to join as a full member alongside the 4 South Yorkshire authorities.