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Local Plan - frequently asked questions

What stage of preparation has the emerging Local Plan reached?

The Local Plan Submission Draft (2019) was submitted to the Secretary of State in October 2020 for independent Examination. Two Planning Inspectors were appointed to undertake the Examination and public hearing sessions were held throughout May and June 2021.

After considering all of the evidence presented by all parties, the Inspectors advised the Council of the main modifications required to make the Plan "sound" in accordance with national policy. A public consultation on these proposed main modifications was then held between November 2021 and January 2022.

Following consideration of the consultation responses, the Inspectors issued their Final Report into the Local Plan Examination, accompanied by the final main modifications that the Inspectors required to be made to the Plan. In doing so, the Local Plan Examination process was complete.

The Local Plan was then presented to Members at Cabinet, before being officially adopted with approval by members at a meeting of the Full Council in July 2022.