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Guide What policy documents will we produce and how will we consult on them?

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2. Duty to co-operate

We have a duty to co-operate with neighbouring planning authorities and other bodies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency when developing plans and policies for East Devon.  This is called the 'duty to co-operate'.

The National Planning Policy Framework requires that:

"In order to demonstrate effective and on-going joint working, strategic policy-making authorities should prepare and maintain one or more statements of common ground, documenting the cross-boundary matters being addressed and progress in cooperating to address these.  These should be produced using the approach set out in national planning guidance, and be made publicly available throughout the plan-making process to provide transparency." (Paragraph 27) 

Effectively this means that, while a plan is being prepared we need to co-operate with other strategic bodies on strategic matters.  This is likely to include the provision of housing, employment opportunities and the associated infrastructure.

The national planning guidance explains that: "A statement of common ground is a written record of the progress made by strategic policy-making authorities during the process of planning for strategic cross-boundary matters.  It documents where effective co-operation is and is not happening throughout the plan-making process, and is a way of demonstrating at examination that plans are deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working across local authority boundaries."

Our main strategic cross boundary issues are currently being considered through a joint strategic plan, the Greater Exeter strategic Plan.

This plan isbeing prepared with Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge in partnership with Devon County Council.  It will provide the overall spatial strategy and level of housing and employment land to be provided up to 2040 across the whole Greater Exeter area.

We are also in the final stages of preparing a plan for our new settlement of Cranbrook and a duty to co-operate statement of common ground was submitted with the Cranbrook Plan, which is currently at examination.

Archived Documents

As part of our joint co-operative working across Devon authorities, in 2014 we formally endorsed a Devon wide protocol.

The Duty to Co-operate:  A Devon-wide co-operation protocol

The Statement of Compliance with this 'duty to co-operate' during the preparation of the New East Devon Plan 2006 to 2026 Proposed Submission (Publication) November 2012 may be viewed in the evidence library.

A joint 'duty to co-operate' statement was agreed between West Dorset District Council and us. The joint duty to co-operate update statement on cross boundary issues at Uplyme/Lyme Regis November 2014.

Archived notes of meetings

Cross boundary issues meeting held on 8 September 2017

Minutes of meeting held on 8 September 2017

Cross boundary issues on-site meetings held on 1 July 2014

The participants were West Dorset District Council, East Devon District Council, East Devon AONB and Dorset AONB. Notes of on-site meetings held 1st July 2014 and landscape assessments for SHLAA sites in Lyme Regis and Uplyme.

Local Plan progress and cross boundary issues telephone conference held on 7 May 2014

The participants of the telephone conference were West Dorset District Council and East Devon District Council. Notes of telephone conference held on 7 May 2014

Mid Devon Local Plan Review meeting held on 21 November 2013

The participants were Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Dartmoor National Park, Torridge District Council, Taunton Deane District Council, North Devon District Council, West Somerset District Council and Mid Devon District Council. Minutes of meeting held on 21 November 2013 

Cross boundary issues meeting held on 23 July 2013

The participants were Taunton Deane District Council, Mid Devon District Council, Devon County Council and East Devon District Council. Minutes of meeting held on 23 July 2013

Cross boundary issues meeting held on 10 July 2013  

The participants were West Dorset District Council, East Devon District Council, Dorset County Council and Devon County Council. Minutes of meeting held on 10 July 2013