The introduction of the Localism Act in 2011 placed the responsibility of ‘duty to co-operate’ on local authorities, where planning issues cross administrative boundaries they must jointly address areas of common interest. Lancaster City Council is continuing to work closely with neighbouring authorities, Lancashire County Council and other bodies, such as utility providers, to help prepare a draft Local Plan which ensures that any local or cross-boundary impacts have been fully considered.
As far as possible the draft Local Plan reflects a collective vision and a set of agreed priorities for the sustainable development of the area, including those contained in any plans that have been made in neighbouring authorities. Prior to the submission of a local development plan to the Secretary of State, the council will prepare a ‘Duty-to-Co-operate Statement of Compliance’ which will set out how the authority has discussed cross-boundary matters with their neighbours.
- View current Duty to Co-operate Statement (pdf, 630kb) - Strategic Policies and Land Allocation DPD / Development Management DPD (July 2017)
- View Duty to Co-operate - Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD (in conjunction with South Lakeland District Council)
Last updated: 07 November 2017