Duty to Cooperate and Statement of Common Ground

Duty to Cooperate

The duty to cooperate was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and is set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Local planning authorities, county councils in England and prescribed public bodies are required to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to increase the effectiveness of local plan preparation for strategic cross boundary matters.


Statement of Common Ground

A statement of common ground sets out the co-operation that happens between policy making authorities throughout the plan-making process.  It is based on effective joint working across local authority boundaries and demonstrates that a plan is based on effective cooperation.  It forms part of the evidence that demonstrates that a local authority has complied with the duty to cooperate and has sought to produce a strategy based on agreements with other authorities.


Statement of Common Ground: