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Local Development Frameworks

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what authority local authorities have to develop their own local development frameworks; by what mechanism he proposes that disputes between local authorities are to be decided; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 allows local councils to prepare planning documents which, taken as a whole, set out the policies relating to the development and use of land in their area.

The Localism Bill places a duty on local councils to co-operate with each other in planning for sustainable development. The Bill will amend the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act so that councils will not be allowed to adopt statutory development plans where they have not satisfied an independent planning inspector that they have complied with this duty to co-operate.

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