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Borough Plan examination

Borough Plan examination overview

The Inspector

The Secretary of State appointed David Spencer BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI to undertake the independent examination into whether the Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Plan was sound and complied with all the legal requirements. 

The Inspector has released his final report on the examination of the Borough Plan and has concluded that the council can adopt the Plan with the Inspector's recommended main modifications.

Hearing sessions

The Inspector undertook a series of public hearings as part of the examination process. 

The Stage 1 hearings took place between 30 August 2017 - 1 September 2017. The programme for this is available in the examination library (INS/11), alongside the Inspectors notes day 1 (INS/10). The hearing statements provided to the inspector can be found on the hearing statements page. The interim findings for Stage 1 can can be found at INS/13.

The hearings for Stage 2 opened on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 and ran over 4 weeks until Friday, 23 March 2018. Further details are available in the Stage 2 hearings programme (INS/18) and the Inspector’s updated guidance notes (INS/19).

In light of the proposed inclusion of Site HSG12 the former Hawkesbury Golf Course, and in the interests of fairness to those who made representations, the inspector held a further hearing session in relation to this site.  He also considered, having read the various representations on proposed main modifications, it was necessary to revisit a limited number of other matters including the proposed alternative highways access to HSG4 Woodlands and to clarify matters in relation to a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land on plan adoption.

The additional hearing session took place on Tuesday 19 February 2019

Examination library

The examination library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed the production of the Borough Plan Publication (2017) version. It also contains documents relating to the examination, and will be updated as the examination progresses.

The consultation on the Borough Plan Publication (2017) ran for a period of 6 weeks from 30 January to 13 March 2017. Representations received during this period were all sent to the Inspector as part of the evidence base when the Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 6 June 2017.

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 Plan Procedural Practice.

For more information on the examination process and the role of the inspector, visit the government's local plans webpage.

Last updated Tuesday, 7th May 2019

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