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.

Statement of Common Ground/Memorandums of Understanding

As part of the preparation of the Spelthorne 2035 Local Plan, the Council is working to produce Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) and Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to support effective joint working with key partners.  Signed SoCGs and MoUs can be viewed below:

Spelthorne-Runnymede Statement of Common Ground

The Spelthorne-Runnymede Statement of Common Ground was produced during the early part of 2018 and signed in May 2018.  The Statement of Common Ground has been produced in support of the preparation of new Local Plans in both Local Authority areas and has been developed following extensive Duty to Cooperate engagement dating back to 2014.  The Statement of Common Ground confirms the strategic context relevant to the agreement, agreed ambitions and strategic priorities, key delivery mechanisms, unresolved cross boundary issues (alongside action plans for resolution) and governance arrangements.

The signed Spelthorne-Runnymede Statement of Common Ground can be viewed below along with the annexes to the agreement.

Annexes to the Spelthorne-Runnymede Statement of Common Ground

Annex 1:

Annex 2:

Annex 3:

Spelthorne-Slough Memorandum of Understanding

The signed Spelthorne - Slough Memorandum of Understanding can be viewed below.  The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Councillor Colin Barnard (Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, Spelthorne Borough Council) and Councillor Martin Carter, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, Slough Borough Council):

pdf icon Memorandum of Understanding between Spelthorne Borough Council and Slough Borough Council [226kb]