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Email: swra@southwest-ra.gov.uk




What was the South West Regional Assembly and what did it achieve?

The South West Regional Assembly was set up as a partnership of councillors from all local authorities in the region and representatives of various sectors with a role in the region's economic, social and environmental well-being.

The south west region covers an area of 23,829 square kilometres and contains a population of over five million, about 10% of the England total and similar in total to Scotland.


To find out more about the work the Regional Assembly did and how it operated either click the links below or download an information leaflet here.


Find out more about what the Assembly did for the South West

SWRA Newsletters, Updates and Bulletins

The Assembly  Newsletters, Updates and Meeting Bulletins for Members, officers, partner organisations...

Who Sat on the Assembly?

119 members made up the Regional Assembly...

What did it do?

The Assembly was set up to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of all who live and work in the region...

How did it work?

The full Assembly met three times a year. In between meetings decisions were taken by different Member Groups...


The Assembly's initial statutory role was to scrutinise and assess the work and plans of the South West Regional Development Agency...



Regional Transport

The Assembly prepared the Regional Transport Strategy and promoted the needs of the region


Integrated Regional Strategy

The Integrated Regional Strategy for the South West was an important mechanism for better integrated regional working...

Regional Planning and the The Regional Spatial Strategy

In 2004 the Assembly was given responsibility to prepare a Regional Spatial Strategy, or RSS, a strategic plan up to the year 2026