Borough Council of Wellingborough

Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough Examination

Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough Examination

The Inspector

Planning Inspector; Mike Fox BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough.

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 1- 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); 2- justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proprotionate evidence); 3- effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross boundary strategic priorities); and 4- consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable developmentin accordance with the policies in the Framework).

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan at the Publication stage as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principle 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 will be prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and will be available here in due course. 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 liason 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 matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. 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.

Contact Details:

Ian Kemp, 16 Cross Furlong, Wychbold, Droitwhich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7TA

Telephone: 01527 861711

Mobile: 07723009166


Mr Kemp will be contacting all Representors with details of the Examination process in due course.

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

A programme for the Hearing Sessions together with Venue details and matters to be discussed will appear here once finalised.

Evidence Base Documents

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.

A Documents list of all documents that make up and inform the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough can be accessed through the link below: