Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

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The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (formally the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority) is the combined authority for South Yorkshire in England, with powers over transport (public transport and major trunk roads only), economic development and regeneration. It covers a total area of 3484km² and is home to a population of 1.8 million. It includes the entirety of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire. As well as the North East Derbyshire District, the Derbyshire Dales District, the Bassetlaw non-metropolitan District, Chesterfield non-metropolitan and the Bolsover non-metropolitan District as non-constituent members.

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
Combined authority logo
Sheffield City Region map.svg
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (dark green)
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (green)
Term limits
Dan Jarvis
since 7 May 2018
Seats4 members + observers
West Yorkshire Combined Authority structure.svg
Indirect election, directly elected metro-mayor from 2018
Last election
1 April 2014
Meeting place
11 Broad Street West

The combined authority does not formally cover all of the Sheffield City Region as it does not include areas of northern Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire which are part of the city region.[citation needed] However the district councils of those areas of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are represented on the combined authority as non-constituent members.

The authority's first mayoral election took place on Thursday 3 May, coinciding with the 2018 United Kingdom local elections.


Districts of South Yorkshire Combined Authority:
1. Sheffield
2. Rotherham
3. Doncaster
4. Barnsley

The Sheffield City Region was one of eight city regions defined in the 2004 document Moving Forward: The Northern Way,[1] as a collaboration between the three northern regional development agencies.

Districts making up the wider Sheffield City Region

In September 2006, the Local Authorities comprising the Sheffield City Region launched the Sheffield City Region Development Programme.[2] This set outs out how the local authorities believe that by working together as a city region they could increase the economic output of the area by 12.6% by 2016.

It also describes governance structures for the city region, including a City Region Forum (consisting of the Leaders of each of the constituent authorities, including the two county councils and the Peak District National Park Authority, along with observers from the two Regional Development Agencies and Government Offices covering the city region). The City Region Forum has since been formally established,[3] and has resolved to set up four thematic Joint Issue Boards to take forward some of the propositions made in the City Region Development Programme. The four Joint Issue Boards cover transport; Residential Offer (Housing Supply and Demand); Destination Management (Tourism and Inward Investment); and Knowledge Economy and Innovation.

The region began its work properly in 2008, with a development forum created.[4] This is to be headed up by Sylvia Yates, the former director of South Yorkshire Objective One European grants programme before the European funding was lost.

Combined Authority & DevolutionEdit

The Combined Authority was established by statutory instrument under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 on 1 April 2014.

A devolution deal was agreed between the government and the Combined Authority in 2015 which committed £900 million for the region and a directly elected mayor of the Sheffield City Region from 2017 onwards.[5]

Following legal action from Derbyshire County Council regarding the inclusion of Derbyshire local authorities, and the withdrawal of Bassetlaw and Chesterfield councils mid-2017,[6] the first mayoral election was delayed until 2018.[7]


As part of the consultation process for the new authority, the UK government suggested the name South Yorkshire Combined Authority, which was rejected by the authorities who favoured the name Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. The government rejected this name as "misleading and inappropriate". The order presented to parliament to create the authority referred to it as the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield Combined Authority.[8] The authority has since adopted the corporate name Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

Local enterprise partnershipEdit

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership was established in 2012. The local enterprise partnership covers the nine local authority areas.[9]

The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone includes sites spread over Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Markham Vale, Derbyshire.[10] In August 2011 the government announced the creation of the zone, which included the existing Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.[11] The zone was actually set up in 2012. In March 2014 more sites were added, increasing the zone's total area by around half. These included the addition of a site at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.[12]

Combined Authority MembershipEdit

The Combined Authority consists of the four local authorities of South Yorkshire as constituent members and the other authorities in the Sheffield City Region as non-constituent partners. Membership numbers are weighted to ensure a majority of South Yorkshire members and non-constituent members may be excluded from some votes.[13]

The membership of the combined authority is as follows:[14][15][16][17]

Name Position within nominating authority Nominating authority
Constituent members
Dan Jarvis MBE MP[18] Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE Leader of the council Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Ros Jones Mayor of Doncaster Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Chris Read Leader of the council Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Terry Fox Leader of the council Sheffield City Council
Non-constituent partners
Cllr Alex Dale Leader of the council North East Derbyshire District Council
Cllr Garry Purdy Leader of the council Derbyshire Dales District Council
Cllr Simon Greaves Leader of the council Bassetlaw District Council
Cllr Steve Fritchley Leader of the council Bolsover District Council
Cllr Tricia Gilby Leader of the council Chesterfield Borough Council
^ First elected on 3 May 2018


  1. ^ "Moving Forward:The Northern Way". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Sheffield City Region Development Programme" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "City Region Governance and Support Arrangements". Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  4. ^ Marsden, Richard. "£3.8bn bid to create 75,000 jobs". Johnston Press group plc.
  5. ^ "Sheffield devolution deal - GOV.UK". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. ^ "South Yorkshire business leaders criticise devolution delay". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ Pidd, Helen (12 January 2017). "Sheffield mayoral vote delay prompts calls for Yorkshire-wide deal". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  8. ^ "The Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority Order 2014". Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Overview". 28 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Locations". Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  11. ^ Tingle, Len (12 August 2011). "Can enterprise zones do the job this time around?". BBC News Online. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  12. ^ Newton-Syms, Ellie (11 March 2014). "Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone announces expansion plans". The Business Desk. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Sheffield City Region Combined Authority". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Proposal to establish a combined authority for South Yorkshire" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Combining forces key to making Yorkshire northern powerhouse". Yorkshire Post. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
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  17. ^ "SCR Members". Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Dan Jarvis elected mayor of Sheffield city region". 3 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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