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local plans

 

Step One: maximise your influence by attending events or workshops and, most importantly, respond in writing to consultations. Read more here...


Step Two: the local planning authority is not required legally to consult the public at this stage. If they do comment on the issues, vision and objectives. Read more here...

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tep Three:
understand the spatial strategy and the Sustainability Appraisal.
This is a key stage to comment and influence the plan. Read more here...

S
tep Four:
understand policies and proposals.
You may have an opportunity to comment or you may not see the full text of the Local Plan until it's published. Read more here...

Step Five: responding to the formal consultation on the pre-submission draft version of the Local Plan.
Once the local planning authority is happy with its Local Plan it must publish it for a formal consultation period of at least six weeks and make it available at the council offices, other appropriate locations and on its website. At this stage formal representations can be made in writing or electronically e.g. via a website or email.
This is your last chance to have your say on the contents of the Local Plan. Even if you have made comments at an earlier stage it will be worth looking again to see if your comments have been taken on board. If not, you may want to make your comments again as a formal representation. Importantly, all representations made at the publication stage are provided to the inspector who examines the plan. If you don't respond to this version you will not have an opportunity to comment or speak at the Examination. Read more here...

Commenting on the tests of soundness

Local Plans are required to meet the tests of soundness. This means they should be: positively prepared; justified; effective; and consistent with national policy.

Questions to ask yourself:

Step Six: submission version of the Local Plan. 
Once the local planning authority has considered all the representations received at the publication stage, it can amend the plan before submitting it to the Secretary of State to be considered by an independent inspector at an Examination. The local planning authority is required to provide a written summary of all the issues raised, both during the engagement stage and publication stage, to the inspector. They must also say how issues raised at the publication stage have been addressed in the plan. Read more here...

Step Seven: take part in the Examination.
The Local Plan will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector who will assess whether the Plan has been prepared ensuring 'duty to co-operate', legal and procedural requirements. The Inspector will also consider all the representations made and the evidence prepared by the local planning authority. The Inspector will decide if a hearing is required and, if so, what issues will be covered. The Inspector must focus on the soundness of the plan.
If your objections have not been overcome at the submission stage you may decide to register to speak or make further comment at the Hearing. Read more here...

Step Eight: Inspector's recommendation, approval and adoption.
Following the Examination, the Inspector will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State and the local planning authority. The Inspector may find the Plan 'unsound' in which case the local planning authority cannot adopt it without significant changes requiring further consultation and re-examination.
When adopted, look out for planning applications implementing the Local Plan and influence the quality of development in your area. 
Read about planning and how to respond to planning applications.

 



 

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