VALP examination overview

Information on the examination of VALP

The Inspector

Our Local Plan was submitted for examination on 28 February 2018 and Paul Clark BA MA MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan (2013-2033). See the links on the right hand side of this page for more detail.

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 Local Plan is:

  • Positively prepared: it should be based on a strategy that looks at meeting objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes, where reasonable to do so, those unmet by our neighbours. It should also be consistent with achieving sustainable development
  • Justified: it should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence
  • Effective: it should be deliverable and based on effective joint working with partners and neighbours; and
  • Consistent with national policy: it should enable the delivery of sustainable development set out by national policy.

Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer. She is an independent officer of the examination and works on the Inspector's behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.

Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the Inspector should be sent to:

Louise St John Howe

Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

Phone: 07789-486419