The Government has commented on Chorley Council’s plans to become a unitary authority.
It follows the shock announcement that Chorley Council is considering leaving Lancashire County Council and going it alone.
Residents would be asked to vote on the plans, with a referendum taking place as early as May.
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “One of the first acts of the coalition Government was to scrap the last administration’s plans for top-down restructuring of local government. Such upheavals are expensive, disruptive and distract from the need to promote growth and tackle the deficit.
“There is already great potential for more locally-led joint working and sharing of public services, but these could be delivered immediately, without complex unitary restructuring or permission from Whitehall.
“However, the Government will not stand in the way of areas wanting to voluntarily adopt this approach so long as all affected authorities sign up for it and it results in greater efficiencies.
“But there does not seem to be that consensus across Lancashire at this point in time.”