Local Plan Examination

In accordance with regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (As Amended) Lancaster City Council submitted the Strategic Policies and Land Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD) and the Development Management DPD to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) on 15 May 2018 for examination.

The Inspector

Richard McCoy, BSc MSc Dip TP MRTPI IHBC has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether our Local Plan is sound.

The Programme Officer

Kim Russell has been appointed as the programme officer for this examination and she is an independent officer working under the direction of the inspector. For all matters concerning the examination please contact Kim in the first instance:

Examination Hearing dates and venues

Hearings took place on the following dates:

  • Week 1: Tuesday 9 April 2019 to Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Week 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019
  • Week 3: Tuesday 30 April 2019 to Wednesday 1 May 2019

The Hearing sessions were held at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF (except on Wednesday 10 April 2019, which was at Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH).  The Inspector issued a revised Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB) [EX8.4] that includes an updated list of participants.  The Inspector's updated Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 203KB) [EX5.1] formed the basis for the discussions at the hearing sessions. The Examination procedure is outlined in the Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note (PDF, 269KB) [EX6].

The Inspector scheduled an additional sitting day commencing at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Morecambe Town Hall to cover the matters concerning Objectively Assessed Housing Need and 5 year housing land supply that arose during the discussions on days 1 to 4 of the Hearing Sessions. A letter inviting participation (EX9) (PDF, 218KB) in this session was sent to those parties who originally exercised their right to appear and be heard at the Hearings.  The Inspector issued a Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) that was held on Tuesday 21 May 2019.


Latest Examination News

16 July 2019

Letter (PDF, 314KB) [LCC10] to the Examining Inspector providing an update on the statement made on the ninth day of hearings (Tuesday 21st May 2019) by leading counsel for Lancaster City Council following the change in the Council’s political administration.  This document has been added to Section 6 of the Examination Library.

3 July 2019

The Council has submitted a response to the EX11 (Inspector's Post Hearing Note to the Council) (PDF, 204KB) [LCC9]. This document has been added to Section 6 of the Examination Library.

31 May 2019

The Inspector has issued a Post Hearing Note to the Council (PDF, 151KB) [EX11]

15 May 2019

A Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) on Tuesday 21 May 2019 has been issued.

2 May 2019

An updated list of sites (Version 3) (PDF, 287KB) that the Inspector intends to visit has been published.

29 April 2019

The Inspector has scheduled an additional sitting day commencing at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Morecambe Town Hall to cover the matters concerning Objectively Assessed Housing Need and 5 year housing land supply that arose during the discussions on days 1 to 4 of the Hearing Sessions. A letter inviting participation (EX9) (PDF, 218KB) in this session has been sent to those parties who originally exercised their right to appear and be heard at the Hearings. 

Additionally, an updated list of sites (Version 2) (PDF, 286KB) that the Inspector intends to visit has also been published.

Older news updates are available in the Examination News Archive below.

 

Last updated: 17 July 2019