To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ approval of a new Duty to Co-Operate (DTC) Strategy (attached at Appendix A to the report) for targeted consultation. It was noted that this would establish a firm foundation for the Local Development Plan (LDP) Review’s engagement with other Duty to Co-Operate bodies.
The report provided background information regarding the update to the Council’s Local Development Scheme 2021 – 2023 and review brought forward of the LDP. It was noted that the DTC Strategy was a clear, robust and effective approach to define how the Council would manage its legal duty for co-operation with other DTC bodies during the LDP review. Approval to consult with a number of DTC bodies (detailed in the report) was sought and Members were advised that any comments received would be considered, the Strategy updated and brought back for final approval.
The Chairman put the recommendations as set out in the report and these were duty seconded.
In the debate that followed and in response to some questions raised the Strategy, Policy and Communication Manager provided the following information:
· The Duty to Co-Operate bodies included all Essex Authorities (as well as the two unitary authorities).
· Local Planning Authorities are required to co-operate with the Mayor of London;
· The Council did not have a DTC with broadband, electric or other utilities companies as these bodies were covered under different legislation, but they may be a statutory consultee as part of the Local Development Plan considerations.
The Chairman moved the recommendations which were duly agreed.
(i) That the Draft Duty to Co-Operate Strategy as set out in Appendix A to the reportfor a targeted consultation with all other Duty to Co-Operate bodies be approved;
(ii) That following consultation, an updated Duty to Co-Operate Strategy be brought back to the Strategy and Resources Committee, with appropriate amendments for final approval.