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Runnymede and Spelthorne SHMA - Joint Member Liaison group


  1. To provide a joint forum under the duty to co-operate for exploring how the objectively assessed need for housing in Runnymede-Spelthorne Housing Market Area (HMA) could be delivered.
  2. The liaison group is not a decision-making body.  Any agreement by the Group will be subject to the democratic and local plan processes within each local authority. 

Specific objectives

  1. To reach an informal agreement between the two authorities on what the objectively assessed housing need is across the HMA, and within each authority area, over relevant time periods[1];
  2. To informally agree whether each authority is doing all it reasonably can, consistent with policies in the NPPF and other material considerations, to meet the objectively assessed housing needs for its area;
  3. That in the event of any shortfalls arising in one authority area, to explore how cross boundary working between Spelthorne & Runnymede can help address those shortfalls as far as possible, consistent with the NPPF, within Spelthorne or Runnymede in the first instance or a wider area of other districts and boroughs.
  4. That if informal agreement to Specific Objective ii is reached and shortfalls arise across the HMA as a whole, to engage with neighbouring HMAs with respect to whether unmet need can be met outside of the HMA
  5. To recommend that any informal agreement reached over Specific Objectives i-iv is formally agreed by each authority by their relevant committee through a Memorandum of Understanding.


[1] Runnymede & Spelthorne are currently working to different local plan periods, so it may be necessary to agree figures for housing need that cover different time periods.

Contact information

Location: Runnymede or Spelthorne Council offices

Hannah Bridges, Spelthorne’s Senior Planning Officer

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