Hampshire devolution in deadlock

Poised somewhere between bemused and aghast, the property industry around Southampton has watched an epic political row stymie a devolution deal to regenerate the area.

While industry figures do not see devolution as essential to the local economy’s prospects, they think it would only bring benefits if the package of investment and devolved powers on offer could be put into effect – in particular, for improving infrastructure.

A deal was proposed last year that would have seen a Solent Combined Authority gain £900m in funding over 30 years from the government, as well