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The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act allows certain powers to be handed over from central government to some of England’s cities, urban areas and counties, to permit the introduction of directly elected mayors for combined authorities and to remove some limitations on the powers of those local authorities. The Act’s provisions are generic, allowing for tailor-made devolution deals for specific areas to be created by Order.

The South Downs National Park Authority is a formal signatory to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight, a non-signatory partner to the Greater Brighton bid and an interested party in the Three Southern Counties bid. The SDNPA is keen that whatever arrangements are eventually supported by Government that any Devolution bids covering or abutting parts of the National Park recognise its unique value, and commit to investing in its natural capital and the huge range of benefits and services the landscape provides to neighbouring populations.