Local Plan Consultation – From 23rd August to 5th October 2018
We are undertaking a 6 week public consultation on the Local Plan starting on Thursday 23rd August 2018 and ending on Friday 5th October. Two information events will be held at the Council’s offices on Thursday 13th September 2018 and on Tuesday 18th September 2018 from 3pm until 7pm.
The 6 week public consultation is the statutory period that applies to this stage of Plan preparation. You have the opportunity to comment on three main areas:
- Legal Compliance– does the plan meet the legal requirements made under various statutes?
- Soundness - has the plan been positively prepared, justified, effective, and consistent with national policy?
- Meets Duty to Cooperate - has the Council engaged and worked effectively with neighbouring authorities and statutory bodies?
This stage of consultation is called the Publication version (also known as the Regulation 19 version). All comments duly made will be submitted unabridged to the Planning Inspectorate together with a Statement by the Council on how consultation was undertaken. We intend to submit the Local Plan formally to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in January/February next year.
An independent Planning Inspector will then read through all the documentation including the responses received and will hold an Examination in Public which we expect to be in Spring/Summer next year. The Inspector will select which issues to be discussed and request the attendance of key participants to join in the discussion (the Council, key objectors, statutory consultees, developer/ land owners etc.). We would expect the significant allocations to be discussed, with the Inspector likely to consider the Evidence Base and ensure that it is robust and will then want to understand how we are intending to meet the development needs of the Borough. Interested parties may be asked to contribute to these discussions. Following the Examination in Public, the Inspector will then produce a Report in which he/she is likely to propose a number of modifications to the Plan (or in some cases they may consider the Plan to be “unsound”) to which the Council will have to respond to. The Council will then consider to formally adopt the Local Plan at a future meeting.
Further guidance on preparing a response to this consultation on the Local Plan can be found in guidance issued by the Planning Inspectorate, which is available to view at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/examining-local-plans-procedural-practice
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