Local Plan initial questions received from independent inspector

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "Our Local Plan is about balancing community needs and enabling people to thrive, wherever they live or work in the borough. Receiving the set of initial questions from the Planning Inspector is another step forward and part of the usual process when developing a new plan."

The questions are available to view online on our Local Plan Examination page.

The questions document is divided into two parts. The first section deals with key questions and the second is a set of questions and comments that will help the Inspector to clarify the reasoning behind aspects of the plan. These questions do not deal with the detail of the allocated sites, which may be the subject of further questions.

Cllr Spooner adds: "The independent inspection of our submitted plan is in the hands of the government appointed Planning Inspector, who controls and manages the examination, including the set of public hearings due to start on 5 June. Local people need a range of homes, especially affordable, a successful economy with great work prospects, good education choices and protected heritage and countryside. Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide these, alongside better transport and travel options to support them. The Council will now review and respond to the initial key questions as required by 10 April 2018."

We submitted our Local Plan to the Secretary of State in December 2017. Alongside the plan, we also submitted all of the public consultation comments made in 2016 and the responses about the changes from last summer's consultation. After a draft Local Plan is submitted, the appointed Planning Inspector then controls and manages the independent examination, which includes a set of public hearings. The Inspector also contacts everyone who commented on the draft Local Plan at regulation 19 stage in 2016 and 2017 to see if they wish to participate.

When the Planning Inspector has completed the examination, they will produce their report and recommendations. We will then consider any changes that have been recommended and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan. We hope this final stage for the plan will be achieved by the end of 2018.

Published on Tuesday 27 March.