A new series of cross boundary planning and policy arrangements is occurring over three functional geographies: Greater Exeter: East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge (DCC is a partner); Plymouth and South West Devon: Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon (DCC is a key stakeholder); and Northern Devon: North Devon and Torridge (DCC is a key stakeholder – potential partner in the future). Joint Plans are currently being prepared in each of these areas and will be statutory planning documents setting out long term planning policy. The County Council’s involvement could ensure responsibilities for disability and age-specific services (e.g. education, youth provision and social care for the elderly among others) will be better integrated into the planning process. The needs of gypsies and travellers across the county could also be better integrated.