YORKSHIRE is to have a bigger say in how a part of the region is developed.
Kirklees Council is one of a number of authorities to sign up to a pioneering new agreement.
Westminster has devolved new powers to Leeds City Region to take control of its economic recovery, Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton announced.
It is the first city region in the country to have unprecedented local powers from central government for delivering housing, regeneration and transport commitments and new freedoms on skills and innovation signed off.
Greater decision making on funding for housing, regeneration transport, employment and skills will be localised after the agreement was ratified and signed in Harrogate by Rosie Winterton and Clr Andrew Carter, chairman of the Leeds City Region leaders board.
Ms Winterton said: “This Government is committed to devolving powers that will improve local leadership, drive up economic growth and deliver greater prosperity. This is what the city-region pilots are all about.
“The recession may have been global in its origins but the effects have been felt locally, in communities across Yorkshire and beyond. The City Region pilot will play a crucial role in tackling the fallout from the downturn and making sure that the city region is ready to seize the opportunities opening up as the recovery begins.”
One of the first major regional projects will be to improve 300,000 homes by 2015 and lifting 50,000 households out of fuel poverty.
The scheme will build on the successful and award-winning Warm Zone pilot in Kirklees.
Another scheme will be to regenerate major brownfield areas in Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, and York, creating high quality places where people want to live, work, and invest.
The Leeds City Region Partnership brings together the eleven local authorities across the city region: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire.
It has a population of over 3 million people with 100,000 businesses and a £47bn economy.
Greater Manchester is the other City Region pilot to be receiving greater powers from the Government.
Details of this agreement will be announced shortly.