How to comment on the soundness of the Local Plan.
Once the local planning authority is happy with its Local Plan, it must publish it for a formal consultation period of at least six weeks, and make it available at the council offices, other appropriate locations and on its website. At this stage formal representations can be made in writing or electronically (e.g. via a website or email) (for a sample response, see the example letter here).
This is your last chance to have your say on the contents of the Local Plan. Even if you have made comments at an earlier stage, it will be worth looking again to see if your comments have been taken on board. If not, you may want to make your comments again as a formal representation. Importantly, all representations made at the publication stage are provided to the inspector who examines the plan (see Step 7).
At this stage you need to consider if the Local Plan meets the tests it will be examined on later in the process (Step 7). These tests relate to the way in which the plan has been prepared (legal issues) and its content. The content of the plan (its strategy, policies and proposals) is assessed against the 'tests of soundness', which are shown in the box below.
If you consider the plan to be 'unsound', you will be asked if you want to take part in the Examination - you can choose to appear or rely on your written representation. Also, be sure to ask if you want to be told when the Examination is to be held.