Update...South West Regional Assembly Archive Site
PLEASE NOTE THIS SITE IS UNDERGOING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH
VOLUNTEER EFFORT TO CREATE AN ARCHIVE OF THE WORK OF THE
SOUTH WEST REGIONAL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING WORK ON REGIONAL
PLANNING AND TRANSPORT.
IT ALSO INCLUDES PAPERS FOR THE SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CHAMBER AND
FOR THE SOUTH WEST REGIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE AND RPG10
The South West Regional Assembly was formally established in 2000 with the principal role of providing regional scrutiny of the policy and activities of the RDA and was voluntarily abolished in 2009. The Assembly, at its peak membership level, was comprised of 119 members drawn 70% from the region's 51 local authorities and 30% from Social, Environmental and Economic Partners.
In 2004 the Assembly was formally designated as Regional Planning Body and as Regional Housing Body in 2006.
These latter statutory responsibilities of the Assembly were transferred to the 20 strong Strategic Leaders Board in May 2009, the executive arm of the broader based South West Councils with members from all 41 (post local government review) local authorities in the region. At that point the Assembly voluntarily dissolved itself.
The Secretary of State confirmed the transfer of functions; the notification can be read here.To read the Press Release on the transfer of the Assembly’s Regional Planning Body, housing and transport functions to the Strategic Leaders’ Board click here.
Following the general election in May 2010, the incoming Secretary of State revoked the regional planning and housing roles.
Assembly related information remains on this website for reference - particularly papers for meetings of the Assembly and its member sub groups and details of its role as Regional Housing Body and Regional Planning Body.
All of the information about regional planning for the South West is now archived on this site under South West Regional Planning Body. For a link to the draft RSS and the evidence base assembled in its preparation click here
The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) was chaired in turn by leading members of the main political groups and the social, economic and environmental partners during the period 2000-2009. It met in full session usually at County Hall in Exeter with its Secretariat based at Dennett House in Taunton. Assembly papers and those considered by its sub groups can be found on this site. A Secretariat Leaflet explains their role in supporting the work of the Assembly