The below outlines the examination stages of Plan:MK, carried out between April 2018 and February 2019.
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 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, the schedule, at the Inspector's request, was subject to public consultation.
A six-week period of public consultation was held between Wednesday 31 October 2018 and Wednesday 12 December 2018 to provide an opportunity for comments to be made on the schedule of proposed main modifications to the emerging local plan. The consultation covered only the following areas of the plan, and not any other aspect:
- Main Modifications and policies map;
- The Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum.
Following the close of the consultation, all representations received were sent to the Inspector for his consideration and to assist his final conclusions in preparing his report on the examination.
The responses received to the consultation can be viewed at the Consultation Portal.
The following documents formed part of the 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 were updated to incorporate the modifications listed in the above schedule. The updated Policies Maps for the consultation 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 also published a Schedule of Proposed Additional Modifications (PDF, 1.8MB). Additional modifications include corrections to typographical errors and updated factual information, and the schedule of additional modifications was published as part of the consultation for clarity and completeness.
The additional modifications do not affect the soundness of the Plan and, as such, did not form part of the public consultation.
Planning Inspector; David Spencer BA(Hons) DiPTP MRTPI was appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Plan:MK (the Plan).
The Inspector’s task was 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 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 took place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.
Guidance Notes (PDF, 116KB) were prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process.
Occasionally during the examination, it was necessary for the Inspector to write to the Council to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification.
Correspondence between the Inspector and the Council was exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes all procedural correspondence is published below:
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, acted as the contact for any person who had an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors.
The Programme Officer 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 were also submitted through him.
Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions commenced at 10.00am on Tuesday 10th July 2018 within the Harben House Hotel, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 9EY.
The following written statements were 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: 22 September 2020