Now that the proposed Devon and Torbay devolution deal has been published, the next step will be to carry out a public consultation on the draft proposal to establish the Combined County Authority.

Views will be invited from residents, MPs, businesses, partner organisations, town and parish councils, and community and voluntary groups. The councils will each consider all of the responses to the consultation and determine whether to submit a final proposal to the Secretary of State. 

The legal framework is provided by the government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Act. The Act enables the Secretary of State to create a ‘Combined County Authority’ for an area by introducing an Order in Parliament for that purpose with the consent of the area’s councils. 

The aim is for the Devon and Torbay CCA to be created during 2024.