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Local Plan Examination

The scheduled hearings for the Local Plan examination at Midhurst and Falmer have ended.  The Inspector is now considering what he has heard and will be working with the National Park Authority on Main Modifications to the Local Plan. This consultation will take place in the new year 2019.

Latest Examination News

Thursday 13th December 2018: The hearings for the Local Plan have now ended. This  webpage will be updated with further news in the new year.

    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 have now taken place for the examination of the Local Plan. These took place at the South Downs Centre, Midhurst and in the Amex Stadium, Falmer.

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

    Inspector’s Documents

    Informal Track Changed Version of the Local Plan

    In order to keep everyone up to date with proposed changes to the South Downs Local Plan we have published an informal track changed version of the Pre-Submission document.  This includes all the proposed Main Modifications and Minor Edits suggested by the SDNPA.  This document reflects all changes made up until 02 November 2018.  It is likely that there will be further modifications proposed during the course of the examination.  It should be noted that all the Main Modifications are draft and will be consulted on after the hearings.

    Position Statements

    Matters 1-6 (Week 1) Tuesday 13th November to Thursday 15th November

    Duty To Co-operate

    Legal Compliance

    Matter 1 – Vision and Objectives

    Matter 2 – Strategy

    Matter 3 – Core Policies

    Matter 4 – Overall Housing Need and Supply including Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation

    Matter 5 – Employment Land

    Matter 6 – Presentation


    Matters 7 – Landscape, Design and Special Qualities

    Matter 8 – Biodiversity

    Matter 9 – Affordable Homes

    Matter 10 – Issues Relating to Specific Settlements &

    Matter 11 – Issues Relating to Individual Sites

    Additional evidence submitted by examination participants

    Some participants in the examination have submitted appendices and further evidence that does not form part of the body of their position statements. As this does not comply with the Inspector’s guidelines as set out in INSP.3, they are published separately and are not considered to play a formal part in the examination. Nevertheless in the interests of transparency, they are published below for information.

    Key Dates

    The timetable for the hearing sessions, have now ended and took place 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 and Wednesday 12th 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 (Week 1)

    Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – Position Statements submitted for Legal and Strategic – Matters 1- 6 (Week 1)

    Tuesday 30th October 2018 – Firm Programme and Hearing Details for Matters 7-11 (Week 2 & 3)

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

    Friday 30th November 2018 – Position Statements submitted for Matters 7-11 (Weeks 2-3)