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Local Plan Review - Examination

Main Modifications Consultation (Friday 13 December 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020)

The Inspectors have identified that Main Modifications are necessary in order for the Local Plan 2016-2026 Part 1 to be found 'sound'. As part of the Examination process the Inspectors have asked the Council to undertake a public consultation on the proposed Main Modifications and associated Sustainability Appraisal Addendum and Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment. The documents can be viewed below:

To accompany these, we have also prepared policies map extracts to highlight the changes resulting from the proposed Main Modifications. However, the appointed Planning Inspectors do not have a remit to recommend modifications to it, therefore these amendments do not form part of the proposed Main Modifications.

The consultation period commences on Friday 13 December 2019 and will run for a period of seven weeks closing at 11:59pm on Friday 31 January 2020. Representations received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Representations are permitted on the proposed Main Modifications only. This is not a further opportunity to make representations on the submitted Local Plan. Representations that do not relate to the proposed Main Modifications will not be accepted. When making representations please state clearly the Main Modification reference number (i.e. MM2), to which your comments relate (as given in the Schedule). Following the close of the consultation, the representations will be forwarded to the Inspectors for their consideration.

Please return your representations, where possible using the official response form, to New Forest District Council no later than 11:59pm on Friday 31 January 2020.

Return by email to: localplan2016@nfdc.gov.uk or by post to:

Policy and Plans Team
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
Hampshire SO43 7PA

The Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications and supporting documents will be available for public inspection at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst from Friday 13 December 2019.

Additionally, from Friday 20 December 2019 copies may also be viewed at the Council's Information Offices, and the public libraries in Totton, Hythe, Blackfield, Lymington, Milford-on-Sea, New Milton, Ringwood and Fordingbridge, during their normal opening hours.

Use this link to find your nearest local information office.

Use this link to find your nearest library.

If you require any further information or assistance specifically on this consultation, please contact the Policy and Plans Team at policyandplans@nfdc.gov.uk or 023 8028 5345. For all other queries relating to Examination procedural matters, please continue to use the Programme Officer's contact details further below on this page.

Sharing your personal details

New Forest District Council respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Further details of our Privacy Notice following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation can be found on our website by following this link http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/4549/Privacy-Notice.

Please be aware that a name and contact details are required for your representation to be considered. Representations will be sent to the Inspectors undertaking the Examination.

Representations cannot be treated as confidential and will be published on our website alongside your name. If you are responding as an individual rather than a company or organisation, we will not publish your contact details (email/postal address and telephone numbers) or signatures online, however the original representations are available for public viewing at our Council office by prior appointment.  


The Inspectors

Planning Inspectors, Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI and Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy.

The Inspectors are tasked with considering the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Local 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 Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Local Plan at the Pre 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 Local Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspectors 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.

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 Inspectors, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. 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
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions commenced at 09.30am on Monday 3 June 2019 within the Council Chamber of New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA. The Hearings closed on Thursday 18 July.

Programme for the Hearing Sessions and the Inspectors' Matters and Issues

The Inspectors produced the following agendas for the hearing sessions.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Written Statements

The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions:

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Local Plan the Council both refers to and was informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.

Examination document list


Sharing your personal details

New Forest District Council respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Further details of our Privacy Notice following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation can be found on our website by following this link http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/4549/Privacy-Notice

Please be aware that your name and contact details are required for your representation to be considered. Representations cannot be treated as confidential and will be published on our website alongside your name. If you are responding as an individual rather than a company or organisation, we will not publish your contact details (email/postal address and telephone numbers) or signatures online, however the original representations are available for public viewing at our Council office by prior appointment.

Respondent details and representations will be forwarded to the Inspector carrying out the examination of the Local Plan after the representation period has ended.

All representations and related documents will be held by New Forest District Council for a period of 12 months after the Local Plan is adopted.

Updated: 13 Dec 2019
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