Duty to cooperate comes under the spotlight in North Warwickshire
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3rd June 2013
The planning inspector examining the North Warwickshire Borough Council Local Plan has announced a preliminary meeting for 10am Wednesday 5th June 2013.
The hearing will consider whether the Borough Council has discharged its Duty to Co-operate under S33A of the Localism Act 2011.
Local planning authorities are required, when preparing their development plans, to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with a range of local and national organisations to maximise the effectiveness of the Core Strategy.
The National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to co-operate on planning issues that cross administrative boundaries, including homes, employment, infrastructure, transport and health.
Birmingham City Council, Lichfield District Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Tamworth Borough Council and Coventry City Council will be participating.
Following on the back of the morning session, an exploratory meeting will be held at 2pm to explore any concerns the planning inspector has raised and to enable the Council to consider the risk of the Core Strategy being found unsound if the examination proceeds.
Matters and Questions
We will wait and see if this is a successful Local Plan or whether it shares the same fate as Coventry City Council and Tamworth Borough Council. Both plans have been withdrawn.
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