Duty to cooperate (planning)
Duty to Cooperate and Joint Working
The Unitary Authorities have demonstrated through their respective Core Strategy processes (and ongoing examinations) that their current Core Strategies conform with the policy guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
The Authorities have undertaken the following work to articulate their shared issues and priorities and to demonstrate their continued commitment to joint working:
- Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) will consider through joint working the outputs of the new Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) alongside other evidence and technical studies. The purpose is to identify the quantum of housing within the wider Bristol Housing Market Area to be planned for and their distribution across the four authorities in the West of England. The JSPS will be a formal development plan document prepared in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
- Duty to Co-operate Schedule - highlights areas of work and issues that the authorities have or will cooperate on with neighbouring authorities and other statutory bodies (as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework guidelines on Duty to Cooperate). This is a living document and is jointly updated on a regular basis.
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment Review (SHMA)- is an objective assessment of local housing needs. These assessments should consider housing market areas, and therefore need to be prepared jointly between neighbouring authorities. The SHMA will involve the commissioning of strategic evidence base as required.
- Joint Planning Statement (pdf) - sets out the continued commitment of the West of England authorities to work together to produce a new SHMA including addressing the strategic planning implications resulting from the updated evidence base. The statement has been reported to the PHCB on 4th April 2014.
- Strategic Framework (pdf) - which pulls together the Core Strategy visions and priorities into a single framework. The framework includes work on identifying infrastructure requirements to inform the Local Enterprise Partnership's work on the Revolving Infrastructure Programme and Growth Incentive element of the City Deal.
- Housing Site Acceleration Project – assess whether a series of 'stalled' residential sites could be brought forward for development in an expeditious manner.
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