Duty to Cooperate – on-site support


PAS are well aware that many councils are finding the Duty to Cooperate (DtC) confusing and frustrating so we've developed a support package to help you. The overall aim is to help you be more confident undertaking your  DtC work and be more able to clearly and fully present your duty "story" to an examiner. It will help you to structure and better manage your DtC workload and reduce the risk of failure at examination.

We've devised two stages of on-site support. You don't necessarily have to undertake both stages; some councils may be in a position to jump straight to stage two.

Stage one: Health check

What's involved?

  • A two-hour session for individual councils with a panel of three planning peers for 'critical friend' discussions and feedback on the DtC work undertaken by the council to date.
  • LPAs will need to prepare a draft DtC statement and give a short (10 mins) presentation on their DtC activities.
  • Up to four officers / councillors from the council should attend. Ideally this should include the portfolio holder or whoever will be representing the council at examination.
  • Following the meeting each council will receive written feedback with some recommendations on their DtC statement. This may include an action plan to address any risks or shortfalls.
  • The meetings will be held at the LPA's own offices or at an agreed venue.

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Stage two: 1:1 Support

What's involved?

  • A review of what the authority has done to manage the strategic aspects of the plan, highlighting any potential risks to compliance with the duty to cooperate.
  • Half-day workshop for the local authority  for both the political and officer strategic leadership teams to ensure that they fully understand what's needed in terms of addressing strategic planning and meeting the duty to cooperate effectively and their respective roles in the process.
  • Half-day workshop for the planning team to develop an action plan (linked to the local plan timetable) which addresses any potential risks and develops the authority's duty to cooperate evidence.
  • A short focused report would be provided by PAS highlighting the key issues discussed, opportunities and risks emerging from the process and recommendations for the authority.

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If you're interested in this support or would like more details contact: pas@local.gov.uk.

Further reading

For some background reading of what the duty requires in practice and lessons from local authorities that have been through examination recently, download:

 


 

Further support

We have an event series in October and November designed for planning policy managers/team leaders/offices leading on DtC. See the event webpage for more details.