Notesof the SpP&PC held on 19th April 2013 at the LGA.
1. Notes of the Meeting of 30 November 2012 and Matters Arising
It was noted that the meeting had taken place at the RTPI offices in London and not at the Council House Birmingham as stated in the draft notes. There were no matters arising.
2. Duty to Co-operate (DtC) - Lessons Learned from Recent Local Plans Public Examinations
The Chair referred to 2 recent Local Plan Examinations in the West Midlands. DtC featured significantly at Coventry & Solihull with contrasting experiences.
The message from the Solihull Inspector's Interim report was the importance of 'constructive engagement' that is demonstrated as being 'continuous (and continuing)'. Solihull, under the guidance of Ian Dove QC, produced a DtC 'Background Paper' where there was evidence of ongoing engagement with LAs LEPs and stakeholders. Chair commented that LEP engagement, and their strong support, was proving important.