In November 2017, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils agreed with Government a ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne.
The North of Tyne councils have published a scheme that sets out their proposals for changing the way the seven North East councils work together on economic development, regeneration and transport matters, and for devolving new powers to the North of Tyne. Those plans include creating a new combined authority for the North of Tyne, led by an elected mayor, to manage a range of devolved powers related to the quality and availability of housing, support infrastructure and help increase the number of residents moving into work in the area. The deal will also create a new joint Transport Committee to oversee public transport arrangements across the seven North East local authorities.
The creation of a new North of Tyne Combined Authority will require Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils to come out of the existing North East Combined Authority (NECA) of which Durham County Council is a member.
Views are now being sought by the North of Tyne on the proposed scheme and how the new arrangements will work. This will change existing arrangements for the North East Combined Authority. Find out more about the consultation here.