Plan:MK Examination

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).

Next Steps:

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:

a) Plan:MK Main Modifications Consultation Response Form (PDF, 172KB)

b) Plan:MK Main Modifications Consultation Statement of Representations Procedure (PDF, 110KB)

c) Plan:MK Main Modifications Consultation Guidance Note for Respondents (PDF, 110KB)

d) Plan:MK Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications (October 2018) (PDF, 1.6MB)

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))

g) Sustainablity Appraisal of Plan:MK SA Report Addendum (October 2018) (PDF, 1.3MB) and Sustainability Appraisal of Plan:MK SA Report Addendum Non-technical Summary (October 2018)  (PDF, 527KB)

h) Plan:MK Schedule of Proposed Policies Map Modifications (October 2018) (PDF, 13.1MB)

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:

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.

The Inspector

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.

Inspector Correspondence

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:

INS1 Plan:MK Examination - Inspector's Initial Observations and Questions (PDF, 140KB)

INS1a MKC Response to Inspector's Preliminary Letter (PDF, 1.5MB)

INS1b MKC Response to Inspector's Preliminary Letter - Appendix B (PDF, 81KB)

INS1c MKC Response to Inspector's Preliminary Letter - Appendix D (PDF, 2.3MB)

INS1d MKC Response to Inspector's Preliminary Letter - Appendix E (PDF, 4.4MB)

INS1-2 Inspector's Letter Following MKC Response to Initial Questions (PDF, 65KB)

INS2 Inspector's letter to MKC regarding HRA 11 May 2018 (PDF, 57KB)

INS2a MKC Response to INS2 - Updated HRA (PDF, 2.2MB)

INS3 Inspector's Letter to MKC - Representation Queries (PDF, 72KB)

INS3a MKC Response to Inspector's Letter INS3 (PDF, 299KB)

INS3b Inspector's Letter to MKC in Response to INS3a (PDF, 61KB)

INS4 Inspector's Advice following the Stage 1 Hearings (PDF, 102KB)

INS5 Inspector's Note on SA (PDF, 77KB)

INS6 Inspector's Clarification Note on Points Raised by MKC at the Final Hearing Session on 30 August 2018 (PDF, 64KB)

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.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
16 Cross Furlong
Droitwich Spa

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: 

A Programme (PDF, 100KB) for the Hearing Sessions together with Matters (PDF, 231KB) to be discussed are now available.

Hearing Agendas have now been published:

Stage 1

Matter 1: Legal Complance Hearing Agenda (PDF, 47KB)

Matter 2: Spatial Strategy Hearing Agenda (PDF, 46KB)

Matter 3: Overall Need and Requirement for Housing (Part 1: Issues 1-4) Hearing Agenda (PDF, 54KB)

Matter 3: Overall Need and Requirement for Housing (Part 2: Issue 5) Hearing Agenda (PDF, 48KB)

Matter 4: Meeting Employment Needs Hearing Agenda (PDF, 50KB)

Matter 5: Strategic Sites (Part 1: Issues 1 & 2) Hearing Agenda (PDF, 58KB)

Matter 5: Strategic Sites (Part 2: Issues 3 & 5) Hearing Agenda (PDF, 52KB)

Matters 5 & 6: Strategic Sites & CMK and Leisure Development Strategy Hearing Agenda (PDF, 50KB)

Matter 7 Infrastructure Hearing Agenda (PDF, 50KB)

Stage 2

Matter 3: Settlement Boundaries Hearing Agenda (PDF, 43KB)

Matter 7: Infrastructure & Viability (Part 2: Issue 2) Hearing Agenda (PDF, 45KB)

Matter 8: Development Management Policies Hearing Agenda (PDF, 50KB)

Matter 9: Monitoring Hearing Agenda (PDF, 42KB)

Final Session Hearing Agenda (PDF, 41KB)

Written Statements

The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters and Questions:

Stage 1

Matter 1 Written Statements - Legal Compliance

Matter 2 Written Statements - Spatial Strategy

Matter 3 Written Statements - Overall Need for Housing

Matter 4 Written Statements - Employment Needs

Matter 5 Written Statements - Strategic Allocations

Matter 6 Written Statements - Retail & Town Centres

Matter 7 Written Statements - Infrastructure & Viability

Stage 2

Matter 3 Written Statements - Delineation of Settlement boundaries

Matter 7 Written Statements - Viability

Matter 8 Written Statements - Policies for Managing Development

Matter 9 Written Statements - Monitoring

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.

Plan:MK Evidence Base Documents

Action Points

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.

Plan:MK Action Points - Stage One

Plan:MK Action Points - Stage Two


Last Updated: 18 February 2019