Chorley is taking steps to leave Lancashire County Council and go it alone as a unitary authority.
The shock announcement follows a meeting between borough leaders and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government last week.
Residents would be asked to vote on the ambitious plans - with a referendum taking place as early as next May.
If the break away happens Chorley Council would follow Blakburn and Blackpool in leaving Lancashire County Council.
All local council services - including highways, children’s services and social care - would be run by Chorley.
See tomorrow’s Chorley Guardian for full story.