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Main Modifications public consultation will take place after the purdah period for the national elections.

A schedule of Main Modifications and supporting documents will be published here on 13 December 2019. The consultation will close on 31 January 2020.  

Following the close of the Hearing Sessions the Inspectors wrote to the Council to explain that they believe the Plan can be found sound subject to modifications.

Further direction has now been provided to the Council detailing the modifications the Inspectors believe are required in order to make the Plan sound.

Previously submitted documents referred to in the Inspectors' latest correspondence.

The Council will now finalise a schedule of Modifications for a further public consultation that will inform the Inspector's report. Consultation dates will be published here once agreed with the Inspectors.

The Inspectors

Planning Inspectors, Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI and Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy.

The Inspectors are tasked with considering the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Local 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 proportionate 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 development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).

The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Local Plan at the Pre Submission stage as far as they relate to soundness 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 Local Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspectors 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 Inspectors, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors 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
Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions commenced at 09.30am on Monday 3 June 2019 within the Council Chamber of New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA. The Hearings closed on Thursday 18 July.

Programme for the Hearing Sessions and the Inspectors' Matters and Issues

The Inspectors produced the following agendas for the hearing sessions.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Written Statements

The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions:

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Local Plan the Council both refers to and was informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.

Examination document list

Sharing your personal details

New Forest District Council respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Further details of our Privacy Notice following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation can be found on our website by following this link

Please be aware that your name and contact details are required for your representation to be considered. Representations cannot be treated as confidential and will be published on our website alongside your name. If you are responding as an individual rather than a company or organisation, we will not publish your contact details (email/postal address and telephone numbers) or signatures online, however the original representations are available for public viewing at our Council office by prior appointment.

Respondent details and representations will be forwarded to the Inspector carrying out the examination of the Local Plan after the representation period has ended.

All representations and related documents will be held by New Forest District Council for a period of 12 months after the Local Plan is adopted.

Updated: 8 Nov 2019
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