Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough Examination
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.
A Guidance Note has 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 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.
Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 10th April 2018 within the Council Chamber located within Swanspool House, Doddington Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1BP.
In response to the Inspector's Matters and Questions the following written statements were recieved in response to:
Documents submitted during the hearings
During the course of the hearing sessions additional documents may be requested by the Inspector, once submitted they will be made available here. The documents are referenced according to the relevant matter.
A library of all documents that make up and inform the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough can be accessed through the link below:
Representations to the Publication plan can be viewed here.
Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications to the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough
The council is now undertaking a public consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications to the plan, full details about this consultation can be found here.
This consultation will run from Tuesday 10 July to Tuesday 21 August 2018.