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: 19 September 2018