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Local Plan Examination

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

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 who is appointed by, but acts independently of, the Authority. Mr Chris Banks of Banks Solutions has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the South Downs Local Plan. His contact details are:

Mr Chris Banks
Programme Officer
c/o Bank Solutions
64 Lavinia Way
East Preston
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.

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.

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 Midhurst
  • Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 6th December at Midhurst
  • Tuesday 11th December to Thursday 13th December at Lewes

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