Following the suspension of the hearings the Inspector has issued a note on the duty and given parties two weeks to respond.
You might recall this is the case whether one joint plan making body was unknown to another joint body who did not know about the first body.
It seems to me pretty clear this is a process issue. You cant have a duty to cooperate without a clear national database of plan making bodies and statutory consultees (of a greater scale than a single district). Information is prior to consultation, and consultation is prior to cooperation. You cant be accused of not cooperating with your long lost sister you didn’t know existed. Same here.