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Government proposals to amend legislation relating to Combined Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards
extract: This is potentially a very important change in legislation as it would support POS' Manifesto for the next Governmentwhich highlights the need to strengthen the existing arrangements for planning at a strategic level. However, it is POS' contention that the Government's proposals as they currently stand, do not go far enough. Strategic planning and the Duty to Cooperate test applied to local plans is proving to be one of the most challenging aspects of the planning system. Further, small changes to this legislation could offer local authorities a real opportunity to deliver effective local plans, working across boundaries on a statutory basis to properly integrate their strategic 'spatial' priorities with infrastructure and economic priorities.