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29 July 2014

Welborne Plan examination hearings

The independent Planning Inspector examining the Welborne Plan, Mr David Hogger, has announced that the Plan's hearing sessions will take place at the Civic Offices, between Tuesday 14 October and Thursday 23 October.

The hearing sessions are an important part of the examination process for the Welborne Plan, which started when we submitted the plan to the Inspector last month.  The Inspector will use them to get more information on the issues linked to the Plan that he thinks are critical to the 'soundness' and legal compliance of the Plan.  For example, whether it meets national planning policy and whether it has been prepared in the correct way.

All of the representations that were made during the recent consultation on the Welborne Plan are being considered by the Inspector as part of the examination.  He will also invite some of those people and groups who indicated that they wanted to participate at the hearing sessions to talk about specific issues in more detail.  

During the hearing sessions, the inspector may identify particular parts of the Welborne Plan that need changing, in order to make them sound or legally compliant.  If this happens, the Council will undertake further public consultation on the changes to the Plan and then report the results back to the Inspector.

A daily programme for the hearing sessions outlining what Plan issues are to be discussed, as well as which representors he wishes to attend each session will be published by the Inspector in the coming weeks.

The Inspector will not be holding a Pre-Hearing Meeting, but instead will be issuing detailed guidance to everyone who made representations on the Welborne Plan earlier this year. The guidance note will explain the procedures to be followed throughout the examination of the Plan and an explanation of how the hearing sessions will be prepared for and carried out.

Executive Member for Planning and Development, Councillor Keith Evans said: "This is another important milestone in the development of the Welborne Plan. I would like to thank all the people and organisations who have commented on the Plan, all of which will be considered by the independent inspector "

Following any follow-up consultation that may take place, the Inspector will prepare his final report which will set out whether he finds the Welborne Plan sound and legally compliant. The Inspector's final report is expected to be received in early 2015. 

If the Plan is found sound, then the Council will be able to formally adopt it as part of the Council's Local Plan and use the policies in the Welborne Plan to assess future planning applications for Welborne by site promoters.




Editor's notes


Welborne Plan examination

The Local Plan Part 3:  The Welborne Plan's public examination started when the Council submitted the plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 23 June 2014. 

Who is the Independent Planning Inspector?

The Secretary of State appointed, Mr David Hogger BA MSc MRTPI MCIHT to independently examine the Welborne Plan.

What about the examination for the Development Sites and Policies Plan?

Mr David Hogger has also been appointed as the independent examiner for the Local Plan Part 2: Development Sites and Policies Plan.  A press release outlining details of the public hearing sessions for this plan will be issued within the next two days.



For further information contact:

Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, Tel: 01329 824409

fax: 01329 550576, e-mail:

This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website:


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