Plans to create a new ‘super district’ council for East Suffolk have been backed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Both Houses have approved the legal creation of the new authority, which would see the merger of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council.
Cllr Ray Herring, leader of Suffolk Coastal said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that both the House of Lords and House of Commons have approved the Order to create a new council for east Suffolk. Each step brings an East Suffolk Council closer and we are now very near to the finish line.’
Cllr Mark Bee, leader of Waveney, added: 'Parliamentary approval of our plans is a clear indication that a new East Suffolk Council would be the best option for our local communities.'
The local government secretary of state will now be asked to officially sign off the proposal.