The Church of England has backed plans to axe three dioceses in Yorkshire - creating a new "super diocese" in their place.
Members of the General Synod, the Church's national assembly, approved a draft scheme to dissolve the existing dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield.
The dioceses would be replaced by a single new diocese of Leeds, with a working name of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said he believed the commission had come up with the "best solution" for the three dioceses in this "particular part of God's own county".
Under the scheme, there will be a new bishop, the Bishop of Leeds, with two new suffragan, or area bishops, of Bradford and Huddersfield.
The three existing cathedrals of Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield will remain cathedrals, with Leeds parish church, known as Leeds Minster, made a "pro-cathedral".