South Staffordshire and several other authorities around Brum has written to say it does not want to take part in a joint study of Greater Brums housing needs (Brum + Black Country).
The weak justification being that because the study is being lead by two LEPS with boundaries that dont match the HMA it cant be a SHMA and therefore doesnt need to include South Staffs.
The most biazarre circular logic you will ever hear, this is why the two LEPS are now rightly seeking to involve adjoining authorities.
The letter gives no justification under the NPPF or the DTC why they should not cooperate. It is bizarre, a cooked up excuse. The evidence you need for the Lyoins Review recommendations