Duty to Cooperate

The Duty to Cooperate is a legal requirement on local planning authorities to engage with other relevant authorities and bodies constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis for strategic planning matters.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) set out how local authorities can meet their legal obligations under the duty and to ensure that any cooperation between parties leads to effective Local Plan policies which reflect strategic issues.

The Council prepared a pdf icon Duty to Cooperate Scoping Statement [651kb] to help ensure that it identified all relevant cross boundary issues, the authorities/bodies that it will need to engage with and the mechanisms for that engagement. The Council sought views on the Scoping Statement over a four week period from 27 February 2015 to 30 March 2015.

The Scoping Statement was adopted as the Council's Duty to Cooperate Framework by Cabinet on the 24 June 2015 and incorporates the views expressed during the Scoping exercise where appropriate. A copy of the Framework and table of comments received with responses (Appendix A) are available to view below.

pdf icon Duty to Cooperate Framework [784kb]

pdf icon Duty to Cooperate Framework Appendix A - Table of comments and responses to scoping exercise [357kb]

As part of the duty to cooperate the Council has also been working through the Surrey Leaders group to prepare a Surrey wide Local Strategic Statement (LSS). The aim of the LSS is to set out common priorities, objectives and a vehicle for co-operation and joint working between authorities within Surrey.

The preparation of the LSS is supported by a pdf icon Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [175kb] and a pdf icon Terms of Reference (TOR) [146kb] which were agreed by Spelthorne at its Cabinet meeting of 30 September 2014.