The Government will look again at the Localism Bill in a bid to strengthen rules that would see authorities work together across council boundaries on planning decisions.
The development and planning sectors have warned that the duty to co-operate must be strengthened in the wake of the abolition of planning at regional level.
Decentralisation minister Greg Clark said: “I accept the thrust of much of what has been said about the duty to co-operate, so I undertake to return during the Bill’s passage with a set of Government amendments with the objective of achieving as much consensus as possible.”
The Labour MP spearheading the Opposition’s handling of the Bill’s planning elements welcomed Clark’s announcement.
Shadow local government minister Jack Dromey also said the Government had pledged to consider Labour’s suggestion of giving the proposed National Planning Policy Framework a statutory basis and to “put sustainable development at the heart of the planning system”.
“We will judge their proposals on the basis of whether they will produce a 21st century planning system that can deliver on those issues that require strategic planning,” he said.