Southern Powerhouse

The Southern Powerhouse is the name given to the 15 local authorities working towards devolution for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

As time has moved on, it appears that a North / South split might occur within the Southern Powerhouse, with the Southern one most-likely being labelled the Solent Devolution.

Below are articles in which the Southern Powerhouse is mentioned.

Plans for a Southern Powerhouse could be back on the table

Board table and chairs

The leader of Hampshire County Council has written to 11 district council leaders to “Re-engage and return to the original prospectus for a Combined Authority for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, together with the two LEPs and two National Parks".

Tuesday, 27th February, 2018 11:12am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Former Isle of Wight council leader hits back at MP

County Hall

Former Island Independent leader, Jonathan Bacon, hits back at criticism from the Isle of Wight MP and accuses the Conservatives of only being interested in helping themselves, "particularly at election time".

Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 11:53am

By Sally Perry with 55 readers' comments

Solent Deal dead after Conservatives ‘want nothing to do with Portsmouth and Southampton’ (Updated)

Peter Henley on the news

A week after the Isle of Wight Conservatives took power at the council, the Solent Devolution deal has been killed off. Here's what we know so far, as the story develops.

Thursday, 26th January, 2017 10:59am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Conservatives lobby government to block financial help to the Isle of Wight say Indies

tug of war

The Island Independents say it's become clear that the Conservative councillors have no wish to support Islanders and are only interested in taking power and making cuts.

Friday, 25th November, 2016 9:45am

By Jonathan Bacon with 26 readers' comments

Formal application for Solent Combined Authority being submitted to Government

Solent leaders

A formal application for a Solent Combined Authority is being submitted to government after all of the councils involved approved the plans.

Tuesday, 25th October, 2016 3:54pm

By Lee Todd with 52 readers' comments

Letter: Why we’re concerned about a possible Solent Devolution Deal

solent region google maps

Conservative Isle of Wight councillor, Stuart Hutchinson, sets out why he (and colleagues) are concerned about the possible devolution deal with Southampton and Portsmouth.

Tuesday, 25th October, 2016 12:07pm

By Stuart Hutchinson with 27 readers' comments

Solent Devolution: Isle of Wight Executive vote to stay to hear Government offer (updated)


The Executive of the Isle of Wight council has decided to reject the outcome of last week's council vote - enabling them to stay at the Solent Devolution negotiation table so they can hear what deal might be on offer from the Government.

Monday, 24th October, 2016 6:41pm

By Simon Perry with 39 readers' comments

Live coverage: Executive to consider Solent Devolution motion (Updated)

Reporting with mobile phone from meeting -:

Although full council have voted against the motion, over 70 per cent of those responding to the public consultation voted in favour of moving power and funding to a combined authority. Tonight's Executive Committee will make their decision on the motion to explore the deal further.

Monday, 24th October, 2016 4:50pm

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments

Solent Devolution: Clarifying what was voted down – and how it could be overruled (updated)


It struck me there was confusion about what the Solent Devolution vote was actually about this week – in and out of the Chamber. There’s also a chance that it might be overruled next week.

Friday, 21st October, 2016 8:14pm

By Sally Perry with 97 readers' comments

After devolution vote defeat Island may end up with nothing warns leader (updated)

empty pockets

Although the Isle of Wight council Executive could over-rule the decision at their meeting next week, leader of the council, Jonathan Bacon, warned that the deal being offered by the Government may now be withdrawn, leaving the Isle of Wight with nothing.

Thursday, 20th October, 2016 9:08am

By Sally Perry with 89 readers' comments

Live coverage of the October 2016 full council meeting: Inc Solent combined authority

county hall chamber

Follow the discussions at tonight's full council meeting from the comfort of your office or sofa.

Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 4:50pm

By Sally Perry with 82 readers' comments

Council leader hits back at MP in Solent Devolution row

jonathan bacon

Promises of help for the Isle of Wight after the Island's MP voted for the cuts in funding earlier this year have come to nothing says Jonathan Bacon, who believes staying at the Devolution table where they know there is the chance of money is the best thing to do.

Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 4:05pm

By Sally Perry with one comment