North Midlands

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North Midlands
proposed Combined authority area
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Constituent country  England
Region East Midlands
Established N/A
Administrative HQ Nottingham
 • Type Local enterprise partnership
 • Body D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
 • Leadership Chairman and board
 • Chairman Peter Richardson
 • Total 1,847 sq mi (4,785 km2)
Population (mid-2015 est.)
 • Total 1,861,200
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)

The North Midlands is a loosely defined area of England. It is typically held to include the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.


A North Midlands region was first defined for the 1881 UK census.[1] It was defined as the entirety of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. A new definition of the region appeared in 1939, for various government statistical purposes: Derbyshire without High Peak, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough. In 1942, High Peak was added, but it was removed again in 1946. In 1962, it was merged into a new Midlands statistical region.[2]

The North Midlands has remained in use as an informal term for part of the area, covering South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, even though South Yorkshire never formed part of the statistical region. For example, in the 1960s, Sheffield was described in an official publication as "the vigorous shopping and cultural centre of the North Midlands".[3]


The North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit operated jointly by Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police covers these counties.[4]

A North Midlands Combined Authority was proposed to be formed in April 2017. In March 2016 it was reported that plans for a combined authority may not proceed,[5] as South Derbyshire District Council, High Peak Borough Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Erewash Borough Council had all voted to reject the proposal. In addition, Chesterfield Borough Council decided to sign up to the South Yorkshire Combined Authority, rather than the North Midlands Combined Authority.[6] In July 2016, it was reported that the North Midlands devolution deal had collapsed.[7]

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  1. ^ "1881 census for England and Wales, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man: introductory user guide v.0.3" (PDF). University of Essex. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ Ed. Irene Hardill et al, The Rise of English Regions?, p.173
  3. ^ Graham Turner, The North Country, p.15
  4. ^ "Derbyshire Constabulary: Our Helicopter". Derbyshire Police. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Plans for combined Notts and Derby mayor could be scrapped". Chad. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire combined authority a step nearer despite setbacks". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  7. ^ Jennifer Scott (21 July 2016). "Devolution is dead - so what is the plan for Nottingham's future?". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 

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Coordinates: 53°00′N 1°30′W / 53°N 1.5°W / 53; -1.5