Duty to co-operate

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet will consider a report on its legal duty to cooperate with neighbouring local authorities in the preparation of Local Plans or other Development Plan Documents.

Duty to co-operate
The Council will submit its new Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination at the end of June. This plan establishes how the Council will plan for the jobs and houses the borough will need over the next fifteen years.

As part of developing its Plan, the Council has to show how it has worked with other public agencies, such as the Environment Agency and neighbouring local authorities, to address issues that have an impact beyond the borough’s boundary.  This covers a range of issues including the management of waste or minerals or traffic impacts.  

The duty to cooperate was introduced under the last Coalition Government and is a legal requirement on all Local Planning Authorities.  The approach the Council has taken will be considered at the Examination in Public into the Local Plan.

Councillor Richard Overton, deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Leisure and Health, said: “The duty to cooperate is a legal obligation from central government that all local authorities have.

“Our Local Plan has been drafted in conjunction with other agencies and bodies to ensure that we fulfil this duty.”

The report will be considered at a meeting of the Council’s cabinet on Thursday 16 June.