The £600m Norfolk devolution deal has been backed by business leaders and the former head of the British Army.
The deal between the government and Norfolk County Council would see the county get new powers and £600m over the next 30 years, as well as further funding.
While there has been criticism of the proposed deal, it has been backed by a number of business leaders and by General the Lord Dannatt, the former British Army head.
Lord Dannatt said: “An additional £20m a year into the county investment fund is extremely good news and it gives us greater control over things like transport, housing and jobs.
“£20m a year in this deal might just be the beginning. This might open up the way to other sums of money coming into the county.”
The deal includes a directly-elected leader of Norfolk County Council, who would be voted for by the public from 2024 if the deal goes through.
Andy Wood, chief executive of Adnams and chair of the county council-owned Norse group, said: “Norfolk taking control of its destiny is really positive for the future.”
Susan Falch-Lovesay, from Equinor, which runs Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farms, said: “A county deal that enables Norfolk to capitalise on the growth of offshore wind and maximise the job opportunities would be incredible.”
Richard Tunnicliffe, CBI (Confederation of British Industry) East of England director, said: “The business community is clear about the benefits devolution can bring to the east of England, and welcomes deals being agreed for Norfolk and Suffolk.”
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