The brownfield land project was designed to house their local offices and those of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science .
The two councils together with Norfolk CC and Great Yarmouth BC the others potentially involved in reorganisation have now agreed that the space would be needed whatever the final shape of the area’s local government.
But it faces a fight from some districts. West Devon BC leader James McInnes (Con) said: "The public’s view is that local government in Devon is not broken and does not need fixing." East Devon DC has sent the committee 16,000 protest postcards.
The committee faces a judicial review next month brought by three districts against its proposed Norfolk county unitary.