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City regions - devolution deception or local revolution?

Words: Simon Wicks
Robin Hambleton

With almost every region of England proposing a devolved city deal with government, are we looking at a revolution in local governance or is what's on offer merely a "devolution deception"? UWE's annual Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference considered what makes a successful city region

The devolution deals in England are stacking up, with region after region signing up to a degree of administrative independence in recent weeks. There's Sheffield, the West Midlands and Liverpool, the North East and Tees Valley.Indeed, almost every part of England is covered by a proposed deal, each one individually negotiated and with specific terms. There's great enthusiasm for what could be........
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