The focused review of our Core Strategy consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework was the subject of an independent examination.
Roger Clews was the independent Planning Inspector appointed to examine the submitted document.
The examination process was administered by the Programme Officer, Louise St John Howe. The Programme Officer was independent from us and reported directly to the Inspector.
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Examination information and supporting documents are published on this page, with each document having its own reference number (EX...).
We exchanged the following the initial correspondence with appointed inspector following submission:
Core Strategy NPPF focused review correspondence
The Inspector decided to hold an exploratory meeting with the council and a number of representors. The purpose of the meeting was solely to clarify further the purpose and scope of the focused review and of the examination. The meeting did not consider whether or not the focused review is sound or legally compliant as those are matters for the examination hearing sessions which will happen later.
The exploratory meeting was held on Friday 22 November 2013 at the Civic Offices.
Core Strategy NPPF focused review exploratory meeting
Core Strategy NPPF focused review responses to consultation on suggested explanatory text
Core Strategy NPPF focused review evidence
The 2 reports below provide the evidence base for CO2 emission reduction targets set out in focused review policy CSTP25. Policy targets correspond to the 'Do Minimum' scenario targets for domestic, road transport and business sectors set out in chapter 7 of the July 2009 report. Corresponding reduction measures are given in chapters 4, 5 and 6. These reports are provided at the Inspector's request.
Core Strategy NPPF focused review evidence for policy CSTP25 CO2 emission reduction targets
The examination hearings took place on 8 April 2014 at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL.
Core Strategy NPPF focused review examination hearings
Core Strategy NPPF focused review further representation for examination
Core Strategy NPPF focused review proposed further modifications
Core Strategy NPPF focused review examination hearings update
Core Strategy NPPF consultation on further proposed modifications
Proposed main modifications
Following the examination hearing sessions on 8 April 2014 we proposed some main modifications to the submitted document. These addressed some soundness and legal compliance issues, and were put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the focused review. These modifications replaced those previously proposed.
One effect of the modifications was to narrow the scope of the focused review so that it no longer comprised a comprehensive review of the entire adopted plan as originally intended. Instead it is limited to policy changes that don't need to be supported by an updated evidence base.
Council decided in February 2014 to prepare a new, comprehensive, local plan for which a new evidence base will be produced.
Go to our proposed main modification documents, along with representations made between 25 July 2014 and 5 September 2014.
The Inspector's report was issued to the council on 15 October 2014. It concluded that, subject to the recommended main modifications set out in the appendix to the report, the focused review:
- satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
- meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework
Planning Inspectorate report, October 2014