Devolution and housing in North of Tyne

This page summarises the devolution deal agreed between North of the Tyne councils to form a new combined authority, introduce an elected mayor and devolve powers to support economic growth.

On 1st November the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, confirmed the North of Tyne Deal. The North of Tyne deal involves three authorities: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

The devolution deal is expected to generate a major economic boost, bringing £1.1bn to the local economy, creating 10,000 new jobs and driving over £2.1bn in private sector investment. The North of Tyne will receive over £600m of government investment (£20m a year for 30 years) to drive investment in digital skills, science and rural growth. Furthermore, there will be a new Inclusive Growth Board, to take forward skills and employment reforms across the area.  

The North of Tyne Combined Authority’s powers will include:

  • a new, directly elected Mayor for North of Tyne to give a strong and powerful voice
  • projects to improve education, skills and help people get into work
  • local control of the £23m per year budget for adult education
  • powers to develop land for economic growth and regeneration
  • projects that increase the growth and productivity of rural communities
  • measures to work better with the Government to boost trade and investment
  • projects to grow the digital sector and low-carbon economy
  • a commitment to explore new opportunities for the North of Tyne in future
  • the election for the North of Tyne mayor is expected to occue in May 2019

Labour candidate Jamie Driscoll was elected as the first North of Tyne Mayor on the 2 May 2019. The elections were held in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Housing in North of the Tyne proposals

The deal outlines new powers to accelerate delivery of new homes in North of the Tyne. This includes an agreement to meet an ambitious new target for homes, informed by local housing need figures and a commitment by the three North of Tyne authorities to develop a joint Infrastructure Delivery Statement and explore closer strategic planning alignment, at the next review of local plans.

Measures to accelerate housing delivery include:

  • ‘broad powers’ to acquire and dispose of land to build houses, commercial space and infrastructure, for growth and regeneration
  • compulsory purchase powers for the Mayor, subject to the agreement of the North of the Tyne Combined Authority member where the relevant land is located, and to the consent of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • power for the Mayor to create Mayoral Development Corporations, which will support delivery on strategic sites in the North of Tyne area
  • a Housing and Land Board, established by the North of the Tyne Combined Authority and the Government, to oversee an integrated programme of housing delivery across the area and make best use of all public sector land and available funding
  • plans for the North of the Tyne Combined Authority and Government to explore options for the expansion of specialist housing provision – this will include utilising the expertise of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University to develop a housing offer that supports residents to stay well, independent and productive for as long as possible
  • a commitment from the Government to explore the potential for a separate housing deal in the coming months.

Housing associations and their work in the North of the Tyne

Together, in the combined authority, housing associations own 125,990 homes. In 2016/17 housing associations in the North of Tyne completed over 500 new homes, and started building many more. Housing associations in the North East contribute almost £830m to the regional economy.

Housing associations in the region supported by the National Housing Federation, are committed to working with the interim mayor and the combined authority to end the housing crisis in the city region. Early priorities include raising the profile of rural housing and the importance of investing in regeneration and place-making. 

To discuss devolution and housing in North of Tyne, please email Monica Burns, External Affairs Manager for the region.

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This page was last updated May 2018.