Local Plan Examination
Local Plan Review 2016 – 2036: Examination
We started reviewing the Local Plan in summer 2015 and held a final consultation on the proposed Submission draft Local Plan in January 2018. Representations were received from just under 200 respondents.
On 14 May 2018 we submitted the draft Local Plan; copies of all the representations; and a wide range of supporting documents to the Secretary of State for independent examination. Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI and Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI were appointed to conduct the examination on behalf of the Secretary of State to determine whether the submitted Local Plan is sound. The Inspectors are supported by a Programme Officer – Chris Banks of Banks Solutions – who was appointed by us, but acts independently from us. The Programme Officer can be contacted at email@example.com
On 12 June 2018 the Inspectors wrote to us with their initial questions for the examination. Our response was sent on 22 June 2018. An additional response and accompanying report was sent on 4 July 2018 regarding the implications for the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the draft Local Plan following a recent legal judgement. This response also included a revised schedule of proposed minor modifications and a revised schedule of proposed main modifications to the draft Local Plan.
On 9 October 2018 the Inspectors wrote to us regarding the implications of the recently published 2016-based household projections for the calculation of housing need in the National Park. Our response was sent on 16 October 2018 confirming that we do not consider additional work to be necessary on the OAN figure for the National Park.
Hearing dates, Matters, Issues and Questions
In July 2018 the Inspectors published their guidance notes for the examination.
The main examination hearing sessions took place between Tuesday 6 November – Thursday 15 November 2018 at Lymington Town Hall. The list of matters, issues and questions were published and the additional written statements submitted for the hearing sessions in November 2018 can be viewed below.
The hearing sessions were open to the public to observe but only those invited participants were able to speak. The Authority’s Examination Opening Statement can be viewed here.
Documents relating to the Local Plan and examination are set out in the Core Documents Library. You can view copies of the core documents, supporting evidence base documents and representations received at our offices at Lymington Town Hall.
Following the Examination hearing sessions held in November 2018, the Inspectors identified a series of actions to be completed as soon as practicably after the close of the sessions. The full schedule of the actions identified can be viewed here and the Authority’s responses are available to view below under the title ‘Examination Hearing Sessions – Actions’.
On 29 November 2018 the Inspectors wrote to the National Park Authority regarding the duty to cooperate, the supply of housing land and land at Ashurst Hospital. A copy of this letter can be found here. The Authority’s response was sent on 9 January 2019 and was accompanied by a Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum.
Find out more about the examination in this useful guide from the Planning Inspectorate: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.
Ashurst Hospital consultation and examination hearing session – March 2019
In response to the correspondence received from the appointed Inspectors in November 2018, we proposed an additional Local Plan site allocation policy relating to land at Ashurst Hospital.
A six week consultation ran from Wednesday 23 January – Wednesday 6 March 2019. An additional hearing session on Thursday 21 March considered the proposed site allocation at Ashurst Hospital.
Following the conclusion of the Hearing sessions the Authority wrote to the Inspectors requesting that they recommend proposed main modifications to the submitted draft Local Plan.
The Inspectors replied on 29 March that they consider a number of main modifications are required to make the submitted Local Plan sound.