Duty to Co-Operate
The Localism Act 2011 outlines the duty to co-operate in relation to planning of sustainable development. The National Planning Policy Framework states that public bodies have a duty to cooperate on planning issues that cross administrative boundaries, particularly those which relate to the strategic priorities. The Government expects joint working on areas of common interest to be diligently undertaken for the mutual benefit of neighbouring authorities.
It outlines that local planning authorities should work collaboratively with other bodies to ensure that strategic priorities across local boundaries are properly coordinated and clearly reflected in individual Local Plans.
Please open the following documents to view discussions with partners about our duty to co-operate:
- Actions from duty to cooperate discussions with Local Authorities
- Actions from duty to cooperate discussions with Statutory partners
Local authorities bordering Cotswold district
Cotswold District is in the county of Gloucestershire, next to Stroud District, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough authorities. The District also borders many other counties: Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, as well as small sections of border with Berkshire and South Gloucestershire.
The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) reaches from Warwickshire in the north, beyond the eastern and western boundaries of the District, and as far south as Bath. It is the largest AONB in the England and Wales, a designation aimed at conserving the natural beauty of the landscape and countryside. It demonstrates that there is a degree of consistency in the character of landscape across the administrative boundaries.
Transport links in Cotswold district
The District has connections with areas beyond its boundary with transport links via main A roads that cross the district, for example:
- the A419 and A417 providing a connection between the M4 and M5
- the A40 links from Oxford and Cheltenham
- the historic A429 Fosseway provides links south and north to the Midlands
- the railway lines that run through the District with stations at Kemble and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Interaction with neighbouring areas means that development can impact beyond the administrative boundary of one area. Therefore, it is important to cooperate with neighbouring planning authorities on strategic matters. It may be appropriate to agree a joint approach to resolving matters during the preparation of development plan documents.