Co-ordination for land use plan prepared by more than one authority
104.—(1) The following provisions apply where two or more local planning authorities prepare a joint local development document under section 28(1) (joint local development documents) or a joint local development plan under section 72 (joint local development plans) of the 2004 Planning Act.
(2) Nothing in paragraph (1) of regulation 102 (assessment of implications for European sites and European offshore marine sites) requires a local planning authority to assess any implications of a joint local development document or plan which would be more appropriately assessed under that provision by another local planning authority.
(3) The appropriate authority may issue guidance to local planning authorities for the purposes of regulation 102(1) as to the circumstances in which a local planning authority may or should adopt the reasoning or conclusions of another local planning authority as to whether a joint local planning document or plan—
(a)is likely to have a significant effect on a European site or a European offshore marine site; or
(b)will adversely affect the integrity of a European site or a European offshore marine site.
(4) The local planning authorities concerned must have regard to any such guidance.
(5) In determining whether a joint local development document or plan should be adopted under regulation 103 (considerations of overriding public interest), a local planning authority must seek and have regard to the views of the other local planning authorities concerned.