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Local Plan Examination

The Planning Inspectorate issued guidance on 17/03/2020 which will impact on the progress of the Local Plan.  The guidance can be seen at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873248/17_March_2020_-COVID-19_local_plans_guidance__002_.pdf

Officers will work with the Local Plan Inspector to progress the examination as swiftly as possible once this restriction is has been lifted. Further update will be provided here as soon as they become available.

The North Warwickshire Local Plan was formally submitted to the Secretary of State on 27th March 2018 for independent examination.

Inspector Tom Bristow BA MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the above named Local Plan is sound and Kerry Trueman has been appointed as the Programme Officer and can be contacted using the details below

By email - kerrytrueman@northwarks.gov.uk

Telephone -  07582 310364

The Local Plan Submission has been advertised in the Local Press and letters were sent out to specific consultees in accordance with the Regulations

Given individuals’ availability, and in the light of responses from the Council to the Inspector’s preliminary note (INSP1), hearings in relation to the strategic elements of the Local Plan  will be held in September (25th - 27th September). Similarly guidance to participants and an indicative examination programme may be found on our Local Plan Examination Page (Post Submission)

The Council have produced a Guide (NWBC15) to show the Documents that the Council are working on and expected dates that they will be sent to the Inspector. This document will be updated accordingly

Latest News 2nd March 2020

The Council have responded to the points raised in INSP19 via NWBC25. This includes potential timings regarding the future progress of the examination, which remains paused pending the outcome of a housing infrastructure fund review. The Inspector is considering that correspondence. We will inform the Inspector when that occurs, after which forward arrangements for the Examination will be set.

Latest News 28th October 2019

The Inspector has responded to the Councils document NWBC24 and this document is referenced as INSP19. The Council is currently working through the points raised by the Inspector in INSP19 and these will be sent to the Inspector shortly

Latest News 13th September 2019

The Council has sent the Inspector it’s response to INSP18, being a letter of 12 June 2019 regarding hearings held in February/ April 2019 and Examination progress. That is Examination document NWBC24. It is also accompanied in a number of annexes responding to the issues raised in INSP18 (two of which in respect of heritage and green space mapping are to follow in due course). There is also a consolidated and updated draft schedule of MMs, now ordered by section or policy of the Local Plan, which the Inspector is presently reviewing, NWBC20D (also referred to as Appendix A in NWBC24).

The Council would bring attention to the element of NWBC24 which states that at the time of writing the Housing Infrastructure Fund bid decision referred to in INSP18 is still awaited, and that in that context the Council has published this information but is yet to formally seek guidance from the Inspector as to the next steps in the Examination process. Consequently, and in the interests of procedural fairness, the Inspector will not be accepting any further correspondence on the documents referenced in this Latest News item at this stage. Arrangements for the Examination going forward will be set in due course, with Latest News on the Examination website updated accordingly. Any procedural questions or queries may, as always, be raised via the Programme Officer.’

All the documents can be viewed on the Local Plan Examination Library - Post Submission (after March 27th 2018) page (Documents NWBC24, NWBC24 Annex B-L)

Latest News 8th August 2019

The Borough Council has been informed that a decision on the A5 HIF bid will be made in "early Autumn"

The Borough Council's response to INSP18 will be sent to the Inspector in September.

NWBC initial response to INSP18

The Council notes the Inspectors Letter and will proceed to complete the work identified by him as soon as possible.

We have made those considering the HIF bid aware of the letter and we are told to expect an announcement this summer.

Whilst the work identified is being completed and based on the expected timetable given to us by MHCLG the announcement on the HIF bid may have been made by the time this work has been completed.  The Council would therefore ask that the Inquiry is not formally suspended at this time but that this position be reviewed when the work is ready for publication.

Latest News June 2019

A letter from the inspector regarding future examination progress and matters yet to be resolved is now available (INSP18). That sets out several actions and options, including potential main modifications, that could be taken from here on in. The inspector continues to review the evidence before him, and will write again once the Councils responses to the points contained in that letter are returned.  He notes in INSP18 that he will do all that he is able to progress the examination efficiently towards a positive outcome.

Latest News 23rd April

Hearings on site allocations and development management policies were held between 2 and 11 April. The Council is reviewing the schedule of main modifications [NWBC20C] and any actions arising from those sessions. Likewise the Inspector continues to review the evidence before him, before writing with any further matters of clarification and in respect of the future progress of the examination. As set out in previous guidance documents the examination remains live until such point as the inspector’s report is with the Council, and there will be further opportunities to comment on proceedings (including as and when any main modifications are ultimately published)

Latest News 10th April

The Examination Library has been updated with AD51A North Warwickshire Draft Site Specific Flood Risk Technical Note (Aecom 2019) and AD51B Site Specific Flood Risk Technical Note (Environment Agency Response) 
in relation to issue 6.6 but also in relation to several site allocations [INSP5A], this will be discussed in the morning session on 11 April under policy LP35.
 

Latest News 4th April

Following the hearing session on 7 April, the Council have now published AD49 .That sets out various suggested revisions by representors to Main Modification 39 (MM39 in examination document NWBC20A). MM39 and related evidence will be the subject of discussion on 11 April.
Please note that, for programming reasons, the administrative session on 11 April will run directly on from the morning session (as opposed to commencing at 14:00 as previously set out in INSP4B). The inspector has indicated that the administrative session will, however, be no sooner than 11:00.
Additionally work that the Council are undertaking with the Environment Agency regarding flooding, notably in relation to issue 6.6 but also in relation to several site allocations [INSP5A], is currently intended to be discussed in the morning session on 11 April under policy LP35. Please inform the Programme Officer should you wish to attend those sessions

Latest News 3rd April

Following the hearing session on 7 April, the Council have now published AD49 .That sets out various suggested revisions by representors to Main Modification 39 (MM39 in examination document NWBC20A). MM39 and related evidence will be the subject of discussion during the administrative session in the afternoon of 11 April. Additionally work that the Council are undertaking with the Environment Agency regarding flooding, notably in relation to issue 6.6 but also in relation to several site allocations [INSP5A], is currently intended to be discussed in the morning session on 11 April under policy LP35. Please inform the Programme Officer should you wish to attend those sessions

Latest News 29 March 2019

A updated Draft Schedule of Examination Hearing Attendees has been published for Matter 9 for the next week of hearings (See PO5) , based on those who have informed the Programme Officer of their intention to attend.

Latest New 27 March 2019

An updated schedule of potential main modifications to the plan has been uploaded to the examination website NWBC20C, combining the previous two files, NWBC20A and NWBC20B. This in advance of the next hearing sessions, and includes additional Main modifications and changes principally in relation to site allocations and development management policies as scheduled in the updated programme [INSP4B].

Latest New 15 March 2019

An updated schedule of potential main modifications to the plan has been uploaded to the examination website [NWBC20B]. That is in advance of the next hearing sessions, principally in relation to site allocations and development management policies as scheduled in the updated programme [INSP4B].

Matters, issues and questions (‘MIQs’) related to those sessions are in updated examination document INSP5A. Please note that issues 9.15 to 9.18 related to Coleshill will now follow discussion on issues 9.19 to 9.23 in relation to Polesworth and Dordon sites during the morning hearing session on 3 April. Position statements for forthcoming sessions have also been uploaded.

The inspector has explained that, at this stage, he does not intend to produce agendas for forthcoming sessions. MIQs, along with position statements, will instead form the basis for discussion. A participant list for hearing sessions is examination documents PO5 and PO6; please contact the Programme Officer if there any alterations to attendance.

Latest News 28 February 2019

Following INSP12 and NWBC22, NWBC22A, and NWBC22B, an update to the Sustainability Appraisal has now been published. Representors may wish to be aware of its contents. That update, and arrangements for views to be received in respect of it, will be for discussion during the morning administrative session scheduled for 2 April at 0930, see INSP4B. All other documents added to the website are in the Local Plan Examination Page or the Additional Documents Downloads Page

Latest News 8 February 2019

The Examination Library has been updated with a further Examination Update Note (INSP13), Draft Programme of Hearings Further Update (INSP4B), Updated Draft Hearing Matters, Issues and Questions (INSP5A) and the Agendas for Matters 5 (INSP14), Matter 6 (INSP15), Matter 7 (INSP16) and Matter 8 (INSP17).

There is also an updated version of the schedule of Main Modifications now available, containing revisions and inclusions compared to the previous version (NWBC20A).

Representors wishing to submit position statements in respect of Matters 9 and 10 should do so by 1700 on 8th March 2019 in line with the guidance in INSP3. Please inform the Programme Officer by 1700 on 21st February 2019 should you wish to participate or observe at Matter 9, 10 or the administration sessions; please specify which session or issue if that is the case. Any procedural observations regarding INSP13, or the documents referenced above, should be made at the soonest opportunity to the Programme Officer by 1700 on 21st February 2019 at the latest

Latest News 11 January 2019

Participants should be aware, as has also been notified to individuals via letters from the PO and via the Council’s social media, that the next hearing sessions in respect of the North Warwickshire Local Plan, in relation to strategic matters 5, 6, 7 and 8 [INSP5] will be held on 26, 27 and 28 February. Details are in a revised examination programme [INSP4A]. In that latter document the inspector has also set out indicative timings for the publication of further matters issues and questions and the timings in respect of matters 9 and 10, site allocations and development management policies. Whilst not inviting any contributions at this stage, if any Representors have any comments on INSP4A, please could these be received by the Programme Officer (see above) at the soonest opportunity. Representors are reminded to advise the Programme Officer of the intention to attend or to participate in hearing sessions regarding strategic matters 5, 6, 7 and 8 by 25 January (which will form the basis for agendas). The Inspector’s notification letter on indicative timings for the publication of further matters, issues and questions and the timings for hearings in respect of matters 9 and 10, site allocations and development management policies, is available to view here - Document PO3 – Inspector’s notification letter regarding INSP4A.

Latest News 20th December 2018

The Inspector’s note following initial Examination Hearings has recently been sent to the Council,  INSP12, which also relates to the future progress of the Examination. The Councils initial response is available here NWBC22.

Latest News 6th December 2018

Following the closure of hearings in September the Inspector is currently considering the complex issues raised, with a view to publishing a note of initial findings (which will also address the future progress of the examination). The note will be sent to the Council and placed on the website as soon as possible

Latest News 15th October 2018

Following the first week of Examination Hearings, several documents have now been published on the Examination website (NWBC16 to NWBC20, PS.M3.07a, PS.M5.08,  and AD34 to AD38). They relate to matters raised during hearings in respect of strategic matters 1 to 4. Appropriate opportunity will be made to comment on them as the Examination progresses.

Document NWBC20 includes the Council’s initial schedule of Main Modifications to the Local Plan which have arisen in discussion to date. That schedule is published in the interests of openness and is in draft: it does not indicate that such modifications are required in their current form, or otherwise (see INSP1 and INSP2).

As explained during the hearings it is the Inspector’s intention to publish an Examination note, including taking account of the above, at the soonest opportunity. ‘Latest News’ on the Examination website will be updated accordingly.     

Latest News 17th September 2018

Agendas for each matter to be covered during the first week of examination hearings have now been published (INSP8, INSP9, INSP10, INSP11).* They include reference to those who have informed us that they wish to participate.

Participants and interested parties should consult those documents in order to ensure attendance at the correct juncture. To note that all morning sessions will commence at 09:30 and afternoon sessions at 14:00 at Council House, South Street, Atherstone CV9 1DE.  

As set out in INSP3, please inform the programme officer at the soonest opportunity if you have any specific requirements in relation to attendance and participation or questions regarding the agendas.

*Strategic matters 1-4 as set out in INSP5, namely the Duty to Cooperate, Other Legal Compliance, Housing and spatial approach/alternatives

Latest News 12th September 2018

A draft Schedule of Examination Hearing Attendees has been published for each matter for the first week of hearings PO2, based on those who have informed the Programme Officer of their intention to attend.

Other than where there is good reason, only those listed therein will be able to participate in discussions. Any representors who have queries on appearing or that schedule should contact the Programme Officer. Participants should also be aware that agendas for each matter are forthcoming and are intended to be uploaded on the examination website around a week before the relevant hearing session

Latest News 7th September 2018

The matter papers for hearing sessions 1 to 7 have been uploaded to the website and are available on the post submission page

Latest New 29th August 2018

The Inspectors Note INSP7 has been added to the Examination Library. Those Representors who wish to submit a statement for Matter 8 ‘Viability and delivery’ now have a revised deadline of 5pm on Friday 5th October 2018.

Latest News 10th August 2018

On 10th August 2018 the Council published NWBC11, in response to the questions raised by the inspector in examination document INSP2. As set out in Examination document INSP3, those making further comments by 1700 on 31st August 2018 or intending to attend hearing sessions, may wish to take account of it.

Latest News 26th July 2018

INSP6 The Inspector's Note regarding the revised National Planning Policy Framework is now available in the Examination Library

Latest News 20th July 2018

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Last updated Thursday, 26th March 2020

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