The Court of Appeal has agreed to consider a judicial review of an Examining Inspector's decision that Central Bedfordshire Council had failed to comply with the duty to co-operate when preparing their Local Plan.

The lack of clarity on how far the duty currently extends has been tripping up a significant number of local planning authorities in recent years; particularly those who share a boundary with highly constrained urban authorities (such as London, Oxford or Luton) that are simply unable to plan for enough houses to meet demand within their own authority boundaries.

The decision will, hopefully, provide some much needed clarity over the extent of the duty. It may also, with a bit of luck, help speed up the adoption of local plans and remove some unnecessary uncertainty from the planning system.