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

The Hearings are scheduled to take place as follows:

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

Wednesday 8 May to Friday 10 May 2019 are now reserve hearing dates, should they be required.

The Hearing sessions will be held at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF (except on Wednesday 10 April 2019, which will be at Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH), and will commence at 10.00am

The Inspector has issued a revised Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB) [EX8.4] that includes an updated list of participants. Please note that updates may continue.

The Inspector's updated Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 203KB) [EX5.1] will form the basis for the discussions at the hearing sessions. The Examination procedure is outlined in the Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note (PDF, 269KB) [EX6].


Latest Examination News

18 April 2019

An updated Hearings Programme (Version 5)  (PDF, 397KB)[EX8.4] has been issued detailing amendments to the participant lists.

11 April 2019

The Inspector has received an additional Hearing Statement (Ref HS30) that has been added to the Examination Library (Part B, Section 7).

10 April 2019

Hearings will start at 9.30am on Thursday 11 April 2019 to conclude unfinished business from today's Hearing sessions.

9 April 2019

Examination Library update

Section 8 has been added to Part B of the Examination Library. This will contain all documents received by the Inspector on each day of the Examination Hearings.

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


Last updated: 23 April 2019