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  1. LNPs and Strategic Planning National Planning Framework: Planning for Prosperity, People and Places Mide Beaumont Mide Beaumont February 2013

  2. Strategic Planning in the context of localism • The proposed abolition of regional strategies is a key element of decentralised decision making on planning • This puts councils in the lead when planning for strategic, cross boundary matters - on issues that can only be effectively addressed at a larger than local scale • Rather than setting rules and targets Government is removing barriers and providing tools to ensure that councils address strategic planning issues effectively

  3. Duty to Cooperate A key element of strategic planning: Requires local planning authorities and public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis in relation to planning of sustainable development Applies to planning for strategic matters in relation to: • the preparation of Local and Marine Plans, and • other activities that prepare the way for these activities Role of LNPs (and LEPS) under the duty

  4. What issues to cooperate on? NPPF states that councils should set out strategic priorities to deliver: • Homes and jobs needed in an area • Retail, leisure and commercial development • Infrastructure, including for transport, minerals, waste management, telecoms, water supply/quality • Health, security, community infrastructure • Climate change mitigation and adaptation • Conservation/enhancement of the natural & historic environment, including landscape

  5. Duty to Cooperate: Compliance Legal test • Councils required to demonstrate how they have complied with the duty at the independent examination Policy test • As part of soundness testing a plan should be deliverable…and based on effective joint working on cross boundary strategic priorities Reporting on duty • Local Planning Regulations 2012 require councils to report progress against the duty in their AMRs

  6. Duty to Cooperate: an opportunity This is an opportunity to take the initiative early to: • get the evidence right (and spread the cost) • reach agreements with partners on joint working approaches • explore the scope for jointly adopted policies and other strategies Actions like these will help councils demonstrate at examinations that they have met the legal requirements Evidence of effective joint working on cross boundary strategic priorities is also a key element of the soundness of local plans

  7. Duty to Cooperate • Duty to Cooperate is intended to promote a culture change and spirit of partnership working on strategic cross boundary issues • Working alongside incentives, such as the New Homes Bonus, the Duty will act as a strong driver to change the behaviour of local authorities