Core Strategy Local Plan

Focused review examination

The focused review of our Core Strategy consistency with the GOV.UK: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 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.

Core Strategy focused review, Programme Officer
Louise St John Howe, PO Services, PO Box 10965, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 3BF

: 07789 486419


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:

The Inspector decided to hold an exploratory meeting with the council and several 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 the focused review is sound or legally compliant as those were matters for the examination hearing sessions, to happen later.

The exploratory meeting was held on Friday 22 November 2013 at our Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL.

Core Strategy NPPF focused review responses to consultation on suggested explanatory text

The 2 reports below provide the evidence base for carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction targets 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.

The examination hearings took place on 8 April 2014 at the Civic Offices.

Core Strategy NPPF focused review examination hearings update

Proposed main modifications

Following the examination hearing sessions we proposed some main modifications to the submitted document, addressing soundness and legal compliance issues. These were put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the focused review. The modifications replaced those previously proposed.

One effect of the modifications was to narrow the scope of the focused review, so 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.

Inspector's report

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