Local Plan: employment and industry review

Examination

Examination in public

Before it can be adopted, Wandsworth’s Local Plan is subject to an independent Examination in Public by a planning Inspector to assess whether it is sound.

Planning Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector Kenneth Stone BSc (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent Examination of the Wandsworth Local Plan. The inspector will consider whether or not the Local Plan is sound based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Local Plan will be considered sound if the Inspector concludes that it is:

  • Positively prepared, meaning that the plan is prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development.
  • Justified, meaning that the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective, meaning that the plan should be deliverable over its period (in this case 15 years) and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities
  • Consistent with national policy, meaning that the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework

The Inspector will also consider whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, and whether it meets the requisite legal and procedural requirements.

In order to do so, the Inspector will assess the Local Plan, the evidence base on which it was created, as well as all of the representations submitted during the consultation phases.

Programme Officer

We have appointed a Programme Officer, Charlotte Glancy, to manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process. The Officer acts as a liaison between the Council, the Inspector and participants in the Examination, serving as the first point of contact for anyone who has made representations during the Local Plan consultation stages and is therefore entitled to participate in the Examination.

If you made representations on the Local Plan Publication version, the Programme Officer will contact you on behalf of the Inspector with further information. Their contact details are:

Charlotte Glancy
c/o Banks Solutions
Flat 3 Stanmore House
118-120 High Street
Billingshurst
RH14 9QS

Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com
Telephone: 07519 628 064 or 01403 783 276

Examination hearings

The hearing sessions for the examination of the Local Plan begin on Thursday 22 February and will conclude Tuesday 22 February. The purpose of the hearings is for the Planning Inspector to examine matters relating to the ‘soundness’ of the plan in more detail. These matters are identified in the main issues and questions paper prepared by the Planning Inspector.

The hearings are to be held at: Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU

Examination

The format of the examination has still to be decided by the Inspector, as they may decide to carry out the examination through written representations or a mixture with hearing sessions. The precise date for the opening of any formal hearing part of the examination into the Local Plan will be decided by the Inspector. Once available a timetable will be published which will give an overview of the scheduled hearings.

Timetable

Stage Date
 Submission  Friday 13 October 2017
 Hearings start  Thursday 22 February 2017
 Adoption  To be confirmed 

Examination documents

We have created an index of examination documents. Including the following:

  • Correspondence with the Inspector
  • Examination statements from us and other parties
  • Evidence supporting the Local Plan 

What happens next 

The length of the examination process can vary depending on a range of factors, including the complexity of the plan’s subject matter and the level of interest that it has generated.

At the end of the hearings, the Inspector will indicate the timescale of next steps.

Once the Planning Inspector has submitted their report on the Local Plan to the Council, this will be made available on our website.

Following the examination, if the Inspector considers the Local Plan to be sound and that it meets all the legal and other requirements, it can be formally adopted. 

Contact 

If you would like more information, or are having trouble downloading any of the documents, please contact the Planning Policy Team.

Email: planningpolicy@wandsworth.gov.uk

Phone: 020 8871 7620

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