Tuesday, 29 November 2011

How and Why Haringey's Pinkham Way concerns Barnet and Enfield

(The 'Planning Advisory Service' is part of the 'Local Government Group'. 
It is funded directly by the Department of Communities and Local Government.)

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"Noddy's Simple Guide to Strategic Planning and the 'Duty to Co-operate' " [We made the Noddy bit up.]

"Section 109 of the Localism Act gives Government the powers to revoke the eight Regional Strategies outside London. In London, the Mayor’s London Plan will continue to provide the strategic context for local plans produced by the Boroughs. However, both the Mayor and individual London Boroughs will be required to co-operate with surrounding councils to address issues of common concern.

"Section 110 of the Localism Act sets out a new ‘duty to co-operate’. This applies to all local planning authorities, national park authorities and county councils in England – and to a number of other public bodies. The new duty:
  • relates to sustainable development or use of land that would have a significant impact on at least two local planning areas or on a planning matter that falls within the remit of a county council;
  • requires that councils set out planning policies to address such issues;
  • requires that councils and public bodies to ‘engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis’ to develop strategic policies; and
  • requires councils to consider joint approaches to plan making.
"Co-operation on strategic issues is nothing new. Councils have a long history of working together and with other bodies to address planning issues of common concern. However, up to now this kind of work as been undertaken mainly to deliver policy objectives set out in structure plans or regional plans. In the future, the scope of such arrangements will need to be determining locally to meet local circumstances. 

"New approaches, such as non-statutory ‘local investment plans’ or ‘local strategic statements’ may also be required. More importantly, all councils will need to further develop partnership working skills at both officer and member levels for effective co-operation to work. Strong political leadership by councillors will be particularly important and will be a key determinant of success."

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