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The Inspector has issued version 2 of the Programme which now includes participants for each Hearing and allocates an additional day to consider sites removed from the Plan by the Council at the Focussed Change Stage. The Inspector has produced an Explanatory Note providing the background to this decision together with a revised Guidance Note with consequential amendments.
Planning Inspector; Steven Lee BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan (the Plan).
The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:
- positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
- consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Pre Submission Draft Plan and in response to the Proposed Changes as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.
Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the council.
Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, council and representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
16 Cross Furlong
Telephone: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions will commence at 09.30am on Tuesday 2 April 2019 within The Civic Centre, St Stephen's Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AH.
The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters and Issues:
In preparing the Plan the council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. Access these documents.
Comments on the Pre-submission Consultation (July - September 2017) can be viewed here.
Comments on the Schedule of Proposed Changes Consultation (September - November 2018 and December 2018 - January 2019) can be viewed here.
The following documents have recently been added to the evidence base library:
BIO 45 - Draft Trowbridge Bat Mitigation Strategy 21 February 2019s