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Plans to abolish all five councils in Bucks and replace them with a single unitary authority have been given the green light by Government.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid this afternoon said he is “minded to approve” plans to create a single-unitary authority in Bucks.

Alternative plans submitted by the four district councils appear to have been snubbed by the minister.

A ministerial statement released by Mr Javid said: “Having carefully considered all the material and representations I have received, I am minded to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval and further discussions, the locally-led proposal to replace the existing five councils across Buckinghamshire with a single council for the area.

“I am satisfied that this new single council, if established, is likely to improve local government and service delivery in the county, generating savings, increasing financial resilience, facilitating a more strategic and holistic approach to planning and housing challenges, and sustaining good local services.

“I am also satisfied that across Buckinghamshire as a whole there is a good deal of local support for this new council, and that the area of the council represents a credible geography."