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Thames Basin Heaths Joint Strategic Partnership Board



Terms of Reference

1. Objectives

1.1 The Thames Basin Heaths Joint Strategic Partnership (JSP) will provide a vehicle for joint working, liaison and the exchange of information between local authorities and other organisations affected by the Thames Basin Heaths (TBH) Special Protection Area (SPA).

1.2 It will address matters relating to the long term protection of the TBH SPA arising from planning permissions for new residential development, and associated land management and planning issues that are of joint interest to the member organisations.

1.3 The JSP is comprised of local authorities acting together in accordance with their powers under S2(1) of the Local Government Act 2000 in respect of their powers to promote the environmental well being of their areas, together with other groups having an interest in the TBHSPA by virtue of a managerial/landownership responsibility or technical advisory role.

Joint Strategic Partnership Composition

1.4 The Joint Strategic Partnership will comprise the following groups:

· The Joint Strategic Partnership (JSP) Board

· The Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) Project Board

· The Thames Basin Heaths (TBH) Officer Group; and

· The Access Management and Monitoring Partnership (AMMP).

2. The Joint Strategic Partnership Board

2.1 The JSP Board will act as an advisory body for local planning authorities affected by the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. For the avoidance of doubt, the JSP Board cannot exercise any of the functions of a planning authority or competent authorities, including setting formal planning policy or exerting control over planning decisions, nor can it fetter any decisions made by such bodies, nor the rights and responsibilities of SPA landowners.

2.2 The JSP Board will recognise and take account of the interests, rights and responsibilities of landowners, users and other stakeholders.





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