February 2019 – Inspector’s Report
Following the six week consultation between the 31 October and 12 December 2018 on the proposed schedule of modifications, the Inspector found that Plan:MK satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and meets the criteria for soundness set out in the NPPF, provided the main modifications are included. The Inspector’s report can be found here (PDF, 405KB) and a full list of the Schedule of Main Modifications can be found here (PDF, 836KB).
The Inspector makes reference to some changes to the Council's Schedule of Main Modifications in his final report. A version of the Schedule of Main Modifications which highlights these changes can be found here (PDF, 827KB).
Plan:MK will now be submitted to Cabinet and Council in March for approval and to be formally adopted. When adopted, Plan:MK will form part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for Milton Keynes and alter the Policies Map that indicates land use in the Borough.
Plan:MK Schedule of Main Modifications Consultation October 2018
Following the close of the Plan:MK public examination hearings, the Council were invited by the Inspector to submit, for his consideration, a schedule of proposed main modifications to the plan. These modifications are considered to be necessary to make Plan:MK sound.
Following further correspondence with the Inspector to finalise the schedule of modifications, he has now requested that the schedule be subject to public consultation.
We are therefore holding a six-week period of public consultation to provide an opportunity to comment on the schedule of proposed main modifications to the emerging local plan. The consultation is only on the following areas of the plan, and not on any other aspect:
- Main Modifications and policies map;
- The Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum.
This consultation will commence on Wednesday 31 October 2018 and comments must be received no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
Following the close of the consultation, all representations received will be sent to the Inspector for his consideration and to assist his final conclusions in preparing his report on the examination.
The preferred method for submitting comments is via the Council's online consultation portal, which can be accessed at: Consultation Portal.
Alternatively, if you are unable to use the online portal, you can fill in one of the comment forms (link below) and respond via:
or post: Milton Keynes Council, Development Plans, Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ.
The following documents form part of this consultation:
e) Plan:MK Appendix I Housing Trajectory 1 April 2018 (PDF, 252KB) (MM43 in the Schedule of Main Modifications (2018))
f) Plan:MK Appendix K Indicative Map Identifying Hot Food Takeaway Exclusion Zones (PDF, 6.6MB) and Briefing Note (PDF, 330KB) to be read in conjunction with map (MM45 in the Schedule of Main Modifications (2018))
The Policies Maps and Inset Maps have been updated to incorporate the modifications listed in the above schedule. Updated Policies Maps are available to download below:
- Plan:MK Policies Map Sheet 1 (PDF, 8.6MB)
- Plan:MK Policies Map Sheet 2 (PDF, 8.1MB)
- Plan:MK Policies Map Sheet 3 (PDF, 9.7MB)
- Plan:MK Policies Map Sheet 4 (PDF, 12.2MB)
- Plan:MK Policies Map Sheet 5 (PDF, 14.3MB)
- Plan:MK Policies Map Inset Maps:
In addition to the main modifications, the Council has also published a Schedule of Proposed Additional Modifications (PDF, 1.8MB)Additional modifications include corrections to typographical errors and updated factual information, and we have published the schedule of additional modifications for clarity and completeness.
The additonal modifications do not affect the soundness of the Plan and, as such, do not form part of the public consultation.
Planning Inspector; David Spencer BA(Hons) DiPTP MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Plan:MK (the Plan).
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 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 Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan at Proposed 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 Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Guidance Notes (PDF, 116KB) have 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.
Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to us to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification.
Correspondence between the Inspector and ourselves is exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes procedural correspondence is published below:
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 elements of the Examination process. 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.
16 Cross Furlong
Telephone: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 10th July 2018 within the Harben House Hotel, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 9EY. Location and travel information can be found on the Hotel's website:
Hearing Agendas have now been published:
The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters and Questions:
Evidence Base Documents
In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.
During the Plan:MK Examination, the Inspector drafted a list of Action Points for the Council to respond on. The Council's responses can be accessed through the links below.
Last Updated: 18 February 2019