Duty to cooperate

The 'duty to cooperate' was created in the Localism Act 2011.

It places a legal duty on local planning authorities, county councils in England and public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to maximise the effectiveness of local plan preparation in the context of strategic cross boundary matters.

A background paper on the 'duty to cooperate' has been prepared to support the draft local plan.

In addition, a duty to cooperate framework has been prepared, forming part of the local plan evidence base to help demonstrate that the council is engaging constructively, actively and on an on-going basis.

It identifies the strategic cross boundary issues which the local plan is likely to reflect (and how they have come about).

Both documents will be updated as the local plan progresses.

A statement of common ground will be published shortly, ahead of the next local plan consultation.

Part of the Duty to cooperate process is to produce, maintain, and update one or more statement(s) of common ground, throughout the plan-making process.

In March 2021, the council signed a statement of common ground with the South Downs National Park Authority in relation to housing and traveller accommodation needs.