Core Strategy Examination
The Core Strategy has now been adopted, for further information see Adopted Core Strategy
11 July 2013
At its meeting on the 10 July 2013 Council resolved to adopt the Core Strategy.
The final documents will be available next week.
2 July 2013
Following Cabinet on 19 June 2013, the Core Strategy document, with the main modifications approved in January 2013, has been recommended for adoption by Full Council.
This will now be taken to Full Council on 10th July 2013 for adoption.
The relevant documents for Full Council can be found at the link below. These documents should be read in-line with Item number 6A of the agenda: Council July 10th 2013
30 May 2013
The Council have received the Inspector's final report and the Core Strategy document, with the main modifications approved in January 2013, has been confirmed as sound and legally compliant, and capable of adoption.
A copy of the Inspector's final report, along with the main modifications and a copy of the letter from the Planning Inspectorate can be viewed below:
Consultation on the Secretary of State’s Order to partially revoke the South East Plan
On 28 February 2013 the Secretary of State laid in Parliament a statutory instrument to partially revoke the Regional Strategy for the South East (modified to retain Policy NRM6: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area), which will come into force on 25 March 2013.
The Core Strategy Inspector asked that Milton Keynes Council invited comments on any matter considered to be affected by the revocation, so far as the matter relates to the Milton Keynes Core Strategy examination. Any comments recieved were sent to the Government-appointed independent Planning Inspector to consider in the preparation of her report into the Milton Keynes Core Strategy.
Below are the four documents which were relevant informing any comments made. These documents are
•Written Ministerial Statement
•The South East (Partial Revocation) Order 2013
• ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Revocation of the South East Regional Strategy: post adoption statement’ and associated Environmental Report www.legislation.gov.uk
• Earlier Environmental report on the revocation of the South East Plan
Consultation on Main Modifications – 15 January 2013
Following consideration and approval by Full Council on 9 January 2013, at the Inspector’s request, a schedule of proposed main modifications (the schedule) that are considered necessary to make the Core Strategy sound and legally compliant is now being published for public consultation for six weeks.
The schedule is accompanied by a sustainability appraisal of the proposed main modifications and six further documents for background information. All the documents can be accessed below:
-Inspectors Working Draft of Modifications [ID/16] (PDF, 77KB)which sets out the Inspector’s interim conclusions on the scope of the main modifications that are required.
The schedule puts forward some suggested amendments to the modifications identified by the Inspector in her Working Draft. The Inspector has agreed that these may be put forward for public consultation while not pre-judging her conclusions on these or any of the other matters covered by the main modifications. All of the views expressed on the main modifications will be taken into account by the Inspector before she finalises her report.
It should be noted that the public consultation is concerned only with the proposed modifications and not with the other parts of the Core Strategy that have already been subject to public consultation and have been fully considered during the examination, including the representations that were made on them at the appropriate time.
How to make your comments
The modifications, with relevant supporting documents will be available for public comment for six weeks from Wednesday 16 January until 5pm on Wednesday 27 February 2013.
Any representations on the schedule of proposed main modifications must be received by the above deadline and can be made via:
Post: Planning, Economy and Development
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
Fax: 01908 252211
A number of drop-in sessions have also been arranged at which Development Plans Team Officers will be attending to answer any questions. Further details of these sessions are outlined below:
Memorial Hall, High Street, Woburn Sands
Thursday 24 January (7pm-9pm)
Wavendon Community Centre, Walton Road, Wavendon
Monday 28 January (7pm – 9pm)
Old Farm Park/Wavendon Gate
Herensbrook Meeting Place, Wadesmill Lane, Walnut Tree
Wednesday 13 February (7pm-9pm)
All further submission and examination documents can be viewed at Examination and Submission Documents Page.
2 November 2012
The Council is finalising its proposed schedule of main modifications to the Core Strategy, in the light of the Inspector's draft list of modifications that are likely to be required to make the plan sound and legally compliant. Following the public hearings held in July, the Council is determined to adopt this important strategic plan as soon as it realistically can.
Early indications are that, if the Council approves these modifications to the Core Strategy then it has an improved potential for being found sound. This will provide a clear blue print for the future of Milton Keynes and enable it to continue to grow and be one of the leading areas helping the country climb out from recession.
Core Strategy Examination Note - 19 July
As part of the on-going examination the Council has received representations to say the Core Strategy as submitted is unlawful and unsound.
In the discussion at the hearings held in the first week the Council was asked to consider possible modifications to the plan to overcome any potential failings in terms of the plan's soundness and/or legal compliance.
A potential ‘fall back’ position was tabled (see document MKC-21 in the Documents Section)
Examination Hearing Sessions
Matters 1,3 and 6 were considered in the first week of the hearing sessions (10-12 July 2012). Matters 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 were considered in the second week (24-25 July). See the link below for a copy of the final examination programme. The venue was Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.
Who to Contact
For any queries relating to the Core Strategy examination, please contact the Core Strategy Programme Officer, Chris Banks.
Tel: 01403 253148
Skype Phone: 01273 782194
Mob: 07817 322750
How we got to the Submission stage
For details of how we got to Submission, information on why the examination was deferred, and details of the post submission consultations, see the Core Strategy Information, March 2011 - November 2011
- Submission Core Strategy Part 1 (PDF, 6.3MB)
- Submission Core Strategy Part 2 (PDF, 7.4MB)
- Proposals Map Alteration (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Sustainability Appraisal Documents
- Statement of Consultation (PDF, 3.8MB)
- Responses received during the Pre-Submission Publication Stage (February-March 2010) and Revised Proposed Submission Publication Stage (October-November 2010)
- Adopted Statement of Community Involvement (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Submission letter to the Planning Inspectorate (PDF, 27KB)
- Schedule of Minor Changes to the Core Strategy: Revised Proposed Submission Version
Submission and Examination Documents
Some of the key documents in the list include:
- Site Selection Report and Appendices (PDF, 6.3MB)
- Post-Submission Proposals Map Amendment (PDF, 558KB)
- Post-Submission Changes to the Core Strategy (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Sustainability Appraisal of Reasonable Alternative Sites (PDF, 4.7MB)
- Housing Technical Paper (PDF, 2.2MB)
- Housing Technical Paper Update March 2012 (PDF, 260KB)
- Employment Technical Paper (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Employment Technical Paper Update March 2012 (PDF, 2.8MB)
- Core Strategy Audit Trail - updated June 2012 (PDF, 111KB)
- Core Strategy: Legal Compliance and Soundness Self Assessment (PDF, 461KB)
The Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 1 March 2011.
Information on Development Plan Document Examinations
The Planning Portal provides information on the Local Development Framework and the adoption process. The document below provides a brief guide to the examination process, and the link provides access to more detailed information.
How we got to Submission stage
For information on how we got to the Submission stage in the process, please click on this link to our Core Strategy Publication page.
Last Updated: 16 November 2017