Hearing Sessions

Last Updated:


This page provides details of the Public Hearings to be held by the Inspectors.

Important Update

The Hearing sessions scheduled to take place during the weeks of 2nd November and 9th November have been cancelled. Please see the Inspectors' letter to the Council at ED67 on the Examination Documents page for further information.

Matters 2, 3 and 4 Hearing Statements

The Hearing statements can be accessed from the following pages:

Matter 1 Hearing Statements

The Hearing statements can be accessed from the Matter 1 Hearing Statements page.

Matter 1, Week 1 - News

The first week of the Hearing sessions has concluded.

Matter 1, Week 1 - Daily Participants

Matter 1 - Live Streaming

The Stage 1 Hearing sessions of the Local Plan Examination will be held virtually and will open on Tuesday 6 October at 10.00am. The Hearing sessions can all be viewed live on the Council’s YouTube channel.

Stage 1 Hearing Sessions

Stage 1 Hearing Dates:

  • Tuesday 6 October, Wednesday 7 October and Thursday 8 October 2020
  • Tuesday 3 November, Wednesday 4 November and Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Tuesday 10 November and Wednesday 11 November 2020

Stage 1 Timetable and Participants V.4 (05.10.20)

Inspectors’ Note on the Virtual Hearings

Agenda Day 1 & 2 Matter 1 - Duty to Co-operate

Agenda Day 2 & 3 Matter 1 - Legal Compliance & Procedural Requirements

Privacy Notices

These documents set out how your personal information will be used if you are taking part in the virtual hearing sessions:

Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions

The Inspectors have issued additional questions for Matters 1 and 4 concerning the changes to the Use Classes Order. Please see the document ED54 below for further information:

2 September 2020 - Question 8 of Matter 3 – The Metropolitan Green Belt (Policy LP3). To ensure alignment with the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) the Inspectors have amended Question 8 of Matter 3 to:

  • Do the decisions taken on Green Belt releases reflect the need to assist with urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land? Where is this evident?

The deadlines for statements are unchanged.

Further Details

If you have any queries concerning the examination please contact the Programme Officer: Louise St John Howe

Email: louise@poservices.co.uk, Phone: 07789 486419.

Return to the Local Plan Examination Contents page.

Return to the Local Plan Landing page