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Policy and infrastructure collaboration across the Wider South East

This page explains how the 156 authorities and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships within London, the South East and East of England are working together to coordinate strategic policy and infrastructure investment more effectively to underpin economic prosperity across the Wider South East.

South East and East of England Leaders have been meeting informally with the London Deputy Mayor for Planning to discuss common strategic planning and economic growth issues supported by an officer group (see Strategic Spatial Planning Officer Liaison Group – SSPOLG – below). Local planning authorities have been engaging with each other and the Greater London Authority (GLA) on Local Plan proposals as part of their ‘Duty to Cooperate’ .The Mayor has been engaging with authorities beyond London through his Duties to Inform and Consult on strategic planning matters during the preparation of the current London Plan and initial work on its full review

Wider South East Summits

First Summit 2014

The Mayor, the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) and South East England Councils (SEEC) have been investigating options for more effective collaboration of strategic policy and infrastructure investment across their three areas. This led to a Wider South East Summit in March 2015. All 156 authorities within the Wider South East were invited to the Summit and over 100 attended. Issues which required more effective strategic coordination were discussed and possible arrangements to support this. Options for the arrangements were then addressed through a series of Roundtables.

The full notes of the first Summit are available to download.

Second Summit 2015

A second Wider South East Summit was held on 11 December 2015. The Leaders of local authorities within the Wider South East and the Local Enterprise Partnerships discussed the best way forward and shaped the priority areas of work.

The papers of the second Summit are available to download below.

Third Summit 2016

The agenda, table questions and notes from the third summit can be downloaded below.

Wider South East Roundtables

At the request of Councillors at the Summit, political Roundtables were arranged in Summer 2015 to help shape future political co-operation arrangements, giving as many local authorities and LEPs as possible the opportunity to discuss common strategic concerns and how best to address them.

The focus was to help agree the preferred political arrangements for issues to be raised and addressed. The Leaders of all local authorities within the Wider South East and the LEPs were invited by SEEC/EELGA. Each Roundtable gave participants the chance to discuss key strategic matters. Roundtables were held on:

Date

Time

Session name

Venue

10 July 2015

09.30 – 11.00

First South East session

City Hall, Committee Room 2

10 July 2015

14.30 – 16.00

First East of England session

City Hall, Committee Room 2

4 September 2015

10.30 – 12.00

Second East of England session

Homerton College, Cambridge

18 September 2015

10.00 – 11.30

Second South East session

City Hall, Committee Room 4

18 September 2015

13.00 – 14.30

Third South East session

City Hall, Committee Room 4

Papers and notes of the Roundtables are available to download below. 

Outcomes shaped proposals for agreement at a second Wider South East Summit which was held on 11 December 2015, the main aim of which was to establish political arrangements to ensure effective Wider South East engagement (see Summits above).

The Mayor of London has also asked his Outer London Commission (OLC) to investigate, from a London perspective, more effective arrangements for coordinating strategic policy and investment across the Wider South East. The Commission's report is available to download. This investigation and the Commission’s recommendations on the Wider South East relations have informed the second Summit.

Wider South East Political Steering Group

As a result of these discussions, it was agreed to set up a small Political Steering Group to oversee the emerging discussions. Initially it consisted of the Chair and Deputy Chairs of EELGA and SEEC as well as the Deputy Mayor of London for Planning. It met on 6 November 2015 at City Hall to discuss the work of the Roundtables and recommendations for the second Summit. The Summit agreed the establishment of a more formal Political Steering Group to initiate, steer and agree strategic collaboration activities across the Wider South East. The Group meets 2 - 3 time per year and includes five political representatives from the East of England, South East and London. Membership and Terms of Reference, as well as meeting papers and notes, are available to download below.

Letters to Government

Strategic Spatial Planning Officer Working Group

In October 2012 the Mayor of London published a discussion paper which explored options for future cross-boundary work on strategic planning for London and the Wider South East. The discussion paper will be available to download. During 2013 he also held two well-attended officer workshops with representatives from planning authorities across the Wider South East to discuss relevant strategic planning issues.

As a result of these discussions, a working group of officers was established to explore strategic planning issues and examine the mechanisms for ongoing co-ordination and co-operation. This group came to be known as the Strategic Spatial Planning Officer Liaison Group (SSPOLG) and has focused mainly on housing, infrastructure and demography. The Group is also supporting the Member level Roundtables and Summits (see above).

Papers of the early working group and SSPOLG meetings will be available to download below.

 New Terms of Reference for the Officer Working Group were agreed by the Political Steering Group on 10 March 2016.

The Mayor has made available strategic data on demography and related key issues with officer colleagues within the Wider South East. The most up-to-date GLA datasets and pieces of research are available below.

2017 Meetings

Date

Time

Name

Venue

Tuesday 21 February 2017

14:00 - 16:00

Officer Working Group

London Councils

Friday 31 March 2017

14:00 – 16:00

Political Steering Group

London Councils

Monday 19 June 2017

14:00 - 16:00

Officer Working Group

London City Hall

Friday 21 July 2017

14:00 - 16:00

Political Steering Group

London City Hall

Tuesday 5 September 2017

14:00 - 16:00

Officer Working Group

London City Hall

Friday 8 December 2017

14:30 - 16:30

Officer Working Group

London City Hall

Friday 26 January 2018

13:00 - 16:00

Summit

London City Hall

If you have any questions about this page please contact WiderSouthEast@london.gov.uk .