Duty to cooperate

The Duty is part of the Localism Act 2011. It requires local planning authorities, public bodies and others to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis in relation to the planning of sustainable development.


How is the council cooperating?

Work with other councils and organisations continues as part of the integrated work of the Uttlesford Planning Policy Team. As part of the development of the revised plan there are some important Duty to Cooperate meetings to be held and decision to be made.

Duty to cooperate with Braintree District Council

► Duty to cooperate with South Cambs District Council

Duty to cooperate on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

► Duty to cooperate with Epping Forest District Council

►  Duty to cooperate - Essex County Council liaison

►  Duty to cooperate with other bodies

► Cooperation for sustainable development Member Board

What is the duty to cooperate and what does it require?

The duty to cooperate is not a duty to agree. But local planning authorities should make every effort to secure the necessary cooperation on strategic cross boundary matters before they submit their Local Plans for examination.

Local planning authorities must demonstrate how they have complied with the duty at the independent examination of their Local Plans. If a local planning authority cannot demonstrate that it has complied with the duty then the Local Plan will not be able to proceed further in examination.


Additional information

Duty to cooperate - further information on GOV.UK