Local Plan

Examination: Local Plan

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Parking for the Local Plan hearing sessions will be limited at Priory House. We will provide parking for those attending the sessions at Beadlow Manor Golf Club (link opens in new window), Ampthill Road, Beadlow, SG17 5PH. A shuttle bus will run to and from Priory House throughout the day.


Version 5 of the Hearings Programme (link opens in new window) is now available, this refines the previously published participants list for Weeks 1 to 3. Please note that version 5 has also amended the programme for Day 12 (Friday, 21 June). Matter 8 (Meeting Housing Needs) and Matter 9 (Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation) are no longer listed separately as am/pm sessions.

Participants for Hearing Sessions for Week 4 onwards are still being assessed; the Programme will be updated in due course.

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The Planning Inspectors

Planning Inspectors; Matthew Birkinshaw BA (Hons) Msc MRTPI and Helen Hockenhull BA (Hons) B.Pl MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan (the Plan).

The Inspectors' 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 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 alternatives, 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 Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan at pre-submission stage as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspectors these are termed Hearing Sessions.

Following the closure of the Hearings, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance notes (link opens in new window) have also been prepared which will help to explain many of the administrative and procedural arrangements.

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The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspectors, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspectors should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details

Ian Kemp
16 Cross Furlong
Droitwich Spa

Telephone: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions will commence at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 within the Council Chamber of Central Bedfordshire Council, Prior House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ.

The Latest Programme (link opens in new window) for the Hearing Sessions together with Matters, Issues and Questions (link opens in new window) have been produced by the Inspectors.


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Written statements

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Examination documents

The following is a list of documents submitted to the examination, since the submission of the Local Plan.

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Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Plan the council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed on the Submissions to Government page.

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