Section 37 - community planning
68.Section 37 places a duty on local authorities to initiate, maintain, facilitate and participate in community planning for their area.
69.The section defines community planning as a process by which a local authority and its community planning partners identify long-term objectives for improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local authority’s area and also contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the United Kingdom.
70.The definition of community planning also includes identifying actions to be performed and functions to be exercised for the purpose of meeting the long term objectives
71.Section 37 also places a duty on community planning partners to:
participate in community planning;
assist the local authority in the discharge of the local authority’s duties.