Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Coal

Duty to Cooperate

5       Duty to Cooperate

5.1    The Duty to Co-operate was created by the Localism Act 2011 which places a legal duty on local planning authorities, county councils and public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to maximise the effectiveness of Local Plan preparation relating to strategic cross-boundary matters. This is embodied in the NPPF and NPPG. The distribution of coal resources in the UK and the energy needs of the country represent significant cross-boundary matters for this Minerals Local Plan and those of neighbouring authorities.  

5.2    The Councils have undertaken discussions with neighbouring authorities with an interest in coal related issues. The outcome of these discussions so far is that the authorities have jointly agreed to set out how they will proceed to ensure the development of a consistent and complementary approach towards minerals policy, to new development and proposals, and to undertake joint monitoring and evidence base production as required.

5.3    We will be seeking your views on Duty to Cooperate issues in a separate paper, which will be published later in the process.