Standing in the way of control

bristol-devo-570pxFollowing North Somerset’s decision to opt out of devolution, a newly elected mayor for the West of England could find themselves overseeing strategies for areas over which they have no control. Confused? Mark Smulian explains

It sounds like something dreamed up in local government to test the property industry’s patience.

Short of some surprise political upset, a new elected mayor could gain devolved powers for a new West of England Combined Authority next May. Although a devolution deal has not yet been agreed, the mayor’s domain would include