Bosses of three districts join forces in bid to boost area

PUBLISHED: 08:31 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:31 01 December 2014

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Three Devon councils have joined forces in a bid to boost the region’s economy.

A triumvirate of East Devon District Council (EDDC), Exeter City Council (ECC) and Teignbridge District Council (TDC) has formalised an agreement, which will lead to collective decisions on planning, housing, resources and infrastructure.

The new Greater Exeter, Greater Devon Partnership has a combined population of 380,000.

The move comes six years after EDDC denounced proposals for a single Devon ‘unitary’ council as unworkable.

EDDC leader Paul Diviani said: “The way we live, work and spend our leisure time is already dispersed across the geographical boundaries of each authority.

“It makes perfect economical sense to work more collaboratively as a group.”

ECC leader Pete Edwards said: “As neighbours, we have a great track record of working together to secure jobs, houses and investment.

“Through this partnership, we can build a shared vision and invest jointly in initiatives that span our boundaries and benefit the wider area.”

TDC leader Jeremy Christophers said: “Politically, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“A mature working relationship built on trust between the leaders allows us to move forward with confidence to deliver positive change for our communities, despite current financial challenges for local government.”

The Greater Exeter Visioning Board will meet every month and will include each council’s chief executive, leaders and the economic development portfolio holders.

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