In preparing its Local Plan, the Council is required by law (Section 33A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act) to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis, with other potentially affected councils and public bodies, on strategic and cross border planning matters. This is known as the Duty to Cooperate.
We have adopted a Duty to Cooperate Framework Scoping Statement which sets out the matters we will need to discuss with other local councils and bodies. We consulted on this document before adopting it. The consultation responses have been taken into account in the adopted document.
‘Our Local Plan 2033’ is being prepared taking account of extensive Duty to Cooperate consultation and liaison. Full details are recorded in documents in the Council’s Local Plan Examination Library Statutory Duty to Cooperate Section.
Surrey County joint planning initiatives
Surrey local authorities have agreed to work together on countywide strategic planning issues. This work addresses long term housing and economic growth plans. Growth ‘opportunity’ locations and related infrastructure needs are under consideration.
The current formal position is set out in the Interim Surrey Local Strategic Statement (LSS).
This is now being further developed through the Surrey Future Project (with a 2050 horizon).
Cross County boundary joint planning initiatives
‘Gatwick Diamond’ local authorities and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) also participate in Cross County boundary joint working, with a special focus on the influence of Gatwick Airport and the M23 Corridor. The issues are addressed in the Gatwick Diamond Local Strategic Statement (LSS).
The London Plan, prepared by the Greater London Authority (GLA), is an important part of the strategic context for Tandridge’s Local Plan and Duty to Cooperate work.
The Council is mindful of comments made by the Planning Inspector examining further alterations to the London Plan in 2014; to the effect that, in future, ‘the Mayor needs to explore options beyond the existing philosophy of the London Plan. That may, in the absence of a wider regional strategy to assess the options for growth and to plan and co-ordinate that growth, include engaging local planning authorities beyond the GLA’s boundaries in discussions regarding the evolution of our capital city’.
Tandridge works with Surrey County Council and the other Surrey local planning authorities to engage in informal liaison between the councils around London and the GLA.
This has influenced the LSS and Surrey Future project (see above).
More information on the current London Plan and the process to keep it up to date can be found on the Greater London Authority website.