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Local Plan Examination

The South Downs Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 27 April 2018.

Latest Examination News

Monday 15th October 2018:  Venues for the Examination (Key Dates) have been updated and third week confirmed (Tuesday 11th December to Thursday 13th December) at Amex Stadium, Falmer.

Thursday 11th October 2018: Local Development Scheme Documents – SDLP 07  (Sixth Revision) SDNPA (Oct 2018) and SDLP 07.1 Planning Committee Report SDNPA (Oct 2018) have now been published and added to the Core Document Library.

Monday 1st October 2018: Core 03A NPA report on South Downs Vision (July 2012),  Ex 01.1 – East Hampshire JCS Inspectors Report – Planning Inspectorate – 2014 and EX 03A Lewes Local Plan Part 1 (Joint Core Strategy) Inspectors Final Report (Planning Inspectorate, 2014) have now been published and added to the Core Document Library.

Monday 17th September 2018: Core 14 High Court of Justice Judgement on Madehurst Lodge March 2018 has now been published and added to the Core Document Library.

Friday 7th September 2018: SDLP 05.5 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – Report to Full Council on Ashdown Forest April 2018 has now been published and added to the Core Document Library.

Tuesday 28th August 2018:  SDNPA.3A Minor Edits August 2018 Document has now been published and added to the Core Document Library. Minor Edits are matters of clarification, factual correction or update that will not be subject to consultation, and are for information only.

Friday 24th August 2018: All the designation reports for the National Park have now been published in the Core Document Library.  They are listed as items LP08 to LP20.

Thursday 16th August 2018:   Schedule of Main Modification to the Local Plan has been published.  It is listed as SDNPA-3-Main-Modifications-August-2018 and is a live document that will be updated in the course of the examination in the Core Document Library.  It includes main modifications that were made both at Submission and post submission. Minor Edits will be published shortly.

Friday 3rd August 2018: The Inspector has issued his Examination Guidance Note (INSP3) and Draft Issues, Matters and Hearing Programme (INSP4). The Programme Officer has issued an invitation to Representors to respond to the Inspector’s documents. All correspondence for the Inspector should be directed to the Programme Officer.

The letter makes reference to the Authority’s response to the issues raised in representations. You can find that document as SDNPA 4. SDNPA Issues and Responses in the Core Document Library.

Examination Inspector and Programme Officer

Inspector Brian Sims BSc CEng MICE MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the South Downs Local Plan is sound.

Appointment of Inspector South Downs Local Plan

The Inspector will be supported by a Programme Officer Mr Chris Banks (appointed by, but acting independently of, the Authority). His contact details are:

Mr Chris Banks,  Programme Officer, c/o Bank Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way,  East Preston, Littlehampton,  West Sussex, BN16 1EF

Tel: 01903 783722   Mob: 07817 322750

All evidence and documents relating to the Local Plan and examination are published in the Core Document Library.

The Examination Process

If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination will be carried out, the Planning Inspectorate has produced a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.

Hearing Sessions and Statements

A series of public hearings conducted by the Inspector will take place during the examination of the Local Plan. These will take place at the South Downs Centre, Midhurst and in Lewes.

Documents and statements submitted by the Inspector or Programme Officer will be added to the Core Document Library and provided below.

Inspector’s Documents

Key Dates

The provisional timetable for the hearing sessions, which is subject to change is as follows:

  • Tuesday 13th November to Thursday 15th November  at South Downs Centre Midhurst
  • Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 6th December at South Downs Centre Midhurst
  • Tuesday 11th December to Thursday 13th December at The Amex Stadium, Falmer

Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Advise Programme Officer of Participation

Tuesday 16th October 2018 – Firm Programme and Hearing Details for Legal and Strategic – Matters 1-6

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – Position Statements submitted for Legal and Strategic – Matters Week 1

Tuesday 30th October 2018 – Firm Programme and Hearing Details for Matters 7-11

Tuesday 13th November 2018 – Opening Hearing Session on Legal, Procedural and Strategic Matters

Tuesday 20th November 2018 – Position Statements submitted for Matters 7-11 – Weeks 2-3