Strategic Local Plan Examination
A local authority’s local plan is an important document setting out the scale and direction of growth for its area, over a 15 year period. Once finalised, the local plan is the starting point for consideration of all planning applications.
Before a local plan can be adopted it has to be subject to several stages of public consultation and comply to the government’s policies and regulations.
Once the local planning authority are satisfied they have met all these it will submit its local plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
We submitted our plan in August 2016 and you can find more about the background to this here.
Find out more about ‘submission of a local plan' here.
Inspector and programme officer
The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector David Hogger BA MSc MRTPI MCIHT as the Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent examination of the St Albans Council Strategic Local Plan.
The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the framework).
The relevant soundness criteria are whether the local plan is:
- positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development)
- justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alter-natives, based on proportionate evidence)
- effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities)
- consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework).
The programme officer is an independent officer of the examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and is the appropriate point of contact for any queries in relation to the examination.
Mrs Claire Jones-Hughes
c/o 6 Brading Road
Telephone: 01273 381518 or 07737 786425
Latest news and updates
The Inspector has written to the Council with his conclusions on Issue 1 Duty to Co-operate. Please see a copy of the letter here: ID-7 CONCLUSIONS letter to the Council
St Albans City and District Council has challenged an Inspector’s conclusion that it has not met its duty to co-operate while drawing up its Strategic Local Plan (SLP). The Council started legal proceedings on Thursday 5 January against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to quash the decision. For full details, please see our press release.
The Council has received the following court order in relation to these proceedings: 27 February 2017 High Court order re application for Judicial Review.
Further details of hearing sessions of the examination will be published here as soon as they are available.
|Inspector's Issue 1 questions, hearing programme and guidance||Friday 16th September|
|Deadline for hearing statements*||Friday 7th October|
|Initial Hearing Session|
26th October at 2pm
Venue: Council Chamber
* For the avoidance of doubt, I would draw your attention to paragraph 6 of ID-2 Inspector’s Procedural note "[ID-3] includes a number of questions and I invite responses to those questions from the invitees."
Therefore the Inspector is only expecting statements from those invited to participate in the discussion at the hearing by the 7th October deadline.
Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
The Council has received a letter from the Planning Inspector following the Initial Hearing. Please see the Latest News and Updates section above for further information.