How the Local Plan is examined and how you can take part in that process.
The Local Plan will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector who will assess whether the plan has been prepared in line with the following requirements (a process known as independent examination):
The inspector will also consider all of the representations made and the evidence prepared by the local planning authority.
After considering all these matters, the inspector will decide if a hearing is required and if so what issues will be covered when. If a hearing is held participants are invited to take part in a round-table discussion of the issues, with the inspector asking questions and leading the debate.
The inspector has to concentrate on whether the plan meets the tests of soundness so will focus on this during the examination.