Published: 21st Oct 2020

Town hall leaders have warned of a ‘planning void’ if the government’s controversial proposals to reform the current system go ahead. The County Councils Network (CCN) has warned the plans include the removal of the duty to co-operate, which encourages district councils and county councils to work together on local plans. The CCN claims if the duty was scrapped there would be no mechanism to compel those local authorities to work together on planning and infrastructure in their areas. It comes as a new report from Catriona Riddell Associates calls for closer collaboration between all local authorities in setting out long-term visions for their areas. The report calls for the creation of strategic planning advisory bodies in all areas, comprising of all council leaders, mayors, local enterprise partnerships and leaders from the health and environment sectors. The advisory bodies would in turn produce a strategic integrated framework – identifying what … (To read the full article, subscribe below)