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Current position on the Local Plan examination

Please see Examination Documents section for documents and correspondence prepared and/or submitted relevant to the examination, including Inspector's requests for additional information and Council's responses.

21 November: Exam docs updates:

ED064 Actions from Week 3 Hearing Sessions (Matters 9 to 13) 

ED065 Inspector's Further SQs to Council for Session 16 (Matters 2 & 4 - Further Issues) 20.11.17 

ED066 Statement from Blockley Parish Council (Matter 14) 17.11.17 

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17 November: Exam docs updates as follows:

ED043 Inspector's Supplementary Questions for Week 4 - Matters 14 and 15 (6.11.17) 

ED063 FURTHER STATEMENTS by Representors and Council for Session 16 (Matters 2 & 4 - Further Issues) in response to Inspector's SQs [ED051]  

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16 November: The Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with the Gloucestershire Renewable Energy Study Phase 1 & 2 Reports being added as CR022 & CR023 to the County & Regional section.

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15 November: The Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with EB049 SLA Review in the Evidence Base section being updated as follows:

EB049a Special Landscape Areas Review Scoping Report, White Consultants Mar 2017

ED049b CDC Special Landscape Areas Review, May 2017

Also, examination document ED048 has been revised as follows:

ED059 Council's REVISED Response to Week 2 Actions [ED033] (14.11.17) 

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13 November: There have been some minor revisions to key examination documents published as follows: 

ED052 Council's FURTHER REVISED Responses to Week 1 Actions (11.11.17)   

ED053 FURTHER REVISED Main Modifications Schedule (11.11.17) CDC

These documents were revised after the publication of the Inspector’s Supplementary Questions for Session 16:

ED051 Inspector's Supplementary Questions for Session 16: Matters 2 & 4 - Further Issues (10.11.17)  

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November 2017:The Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with post submission document NS028 Special Landscape Areas Review 2001 being added to the Non-submitted supporting documents and EB041 Retail Study being replaced with a 2017 update in the  Evidence Base section. 

November 2017 - Key Exam Docs update:

ED040 Inspector's Supplementary Questions for Week 3 - Matters 9 and 10 (2.11.17) 

Matter 9 & 10 SQ Responses from Council and participants:

ED041 Council's Responses to Week 1 Actions [ED027] (1.11.17) 

ED042 Inspector's Supplementary Questions for Week 3 - Matter 13 (2.11.17)  

ED043 Inspector's Supplementary Questions for Week 4 - Matters 14 and 15 (6.11.17) 

ED044 Cotswold SHMA errata note (9.11.17) CDC

ED045 Gloucestershire SHMA update in light of new OAN amended (9.11.17) CDC

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1 November 2017: Further to the discussion at the hearing sessions for Matter 2 (Development Strategy) and Matter 4 (Housing Supply) and the subsequent action points [ED027], the Inspector has decided to hold a further hearing session on Wednesday 22 November 2017.  This will focus on the Council’s responses to the action points identified by the Inspector relating to those two matters and in particular the main modifications suggested by the Council.  The Inspector’s specific questions for this session will be published on Friday 10 November, and written statements must be submitted to the Programme Officer by midday on Friday 17 November.

ED012 LP REVISED Hearing Sessions Programme & Timetable (Insp. REVISED 01.11.17)  

26 October 2017: Exam Docs updated

ED037 FURTHER STATEMENTS by Representors and Council for Matters 9 to 15 in response to Inspector's MIQs (October 2017): 

10-12 October 2017: Exam docs updated and the Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with correct replacement of NS023 to the Non-submitted supporting documents and the post submission document EB044 added to the Evidence Base section.

ED022 Inspector's Week 1 Supplementary Questions for Matters 1 to 5 (05.10.17)

6 October 2017: OBSERVERS ATTENDANCE - Capacity to accommodate observers at the venue is limited and therefore please advise the Programme Officer in advance if you wish to attend any particular hearing session.

Session 6B on 17 October: Please note additional discussions regarding LECHLADE will heard on Hearing Session 15 on 21 November 2017 at 14:00 to accommodate interested parties. However please note that the Inspector does still intend to discuss Lechlade at Session 6B on 17 October 2017. Please let Tracey Smith, Programme Officer know by return if you have an interest in Lechlade and would like to attend the additional discussion on 21 November 2017.  All others matters tabled for Session 6B will remain as they are.

October 2017: Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with NS027 being added to the Non-submitted supporting documents section.

29 September 2017: Exam documents updated

ED017 FURTHER STATEMENTS by Representors and Council for Matters 1 to 8 in response to Inspectors MIQs (September 2017): 

ED018 Inspector’s MIQs - Supplementary Question to the Council on Housing Supply at 2017 (28.09.17)

28 September 2017:The Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with post submission document EB009 Addendum and EB051d being added to the Evidence Base section and NS026 added to the Non-submitted supporting documents.

21 September 2017: Responses to Inspector's SPQ should be submitted with statements by 27 Sep deadline: ED015 Inspector's Supplementary Question MIQ33A in relation to DCLG Housing Consultation (19.09.17) 

15 September: 2017: The Local Plan Core Documents webpages have been updated with post submission documents EB012, EB020 & EB068 being added to the Evidence Base section and NS023, NS024 & NS025 being added to the Non-submitted supporting documents section. 

12 September 2017: LP REVISED Hearing Sessions Programme & Timetable (ED012) is now available to view/download.  Please also see LP Hearing Sessions webpages for further information on hearing sessions.

  • Statements Submission Deadline for October Sessions: 27 September 2017
  • Statements Submission Deadline for November Sessions: 25 October 2017 

25 August 2017: The Hearings Sessions Timetable & Programme (ED012) detailing the matters to be discussed and a note of participants for each session has been published as an examination document together with the Inspector's Matters, Issues & Questions (ED013).  Formal invitations with further information for participants will be sent out by early September.  

The hearing dates scheduled for the independent examination of the Local Plan are as follows:

OCTOBER 2017

  • Tuesday 10 October - Thursday 12 October 2017
  • Tuesday 17 October – Thursday 19 October 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

  • Tuesday 14 November – Thursday 16 November 2017
  • Tuesday 21 November – Thursday 23 November 2017

Hearing sessions for each day will normally run from 9.30 until 13:00 and then14:00 until 17:00 and they will take place in the Council Chamber at Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.  

(NOTE: Wednesday 22 November and Thursday 23 November are currently reserved for matters not completed earlier).  

20 July 2017: Inspector's Guidance Note for Participants (ED002) has now been published and contains important information on the examination process, including a timetable with key dates and a draft hearings programme.  The hearings are open to the public to observe, but only those who made relevant representations and request to speak will be invited to participate in the hearings. Please notify the Programme Officer by Friday 11 August 2017 whether or not you wish to speak at a hearing session. Any comments on the draft hearings programme should also be submitted by this deadline.

7 July 2017: The Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 (the 'Plan') has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. The Cotswold Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) Charging Schedule has been submitted for examination in parallel with the Plan.  The CIL examination has a separate website www.cotswold.gov.uk/cilexamination.  The two examinations are subject to different regulations but will be carried out jointly and all evidence submitted in connection with one will also be taken into account in the other where relevant.

Local Plan Inspector

The Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 (the 'Plan') was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector on 7 July 2017. Following formal acceptance of the submitted Plan, the Secretary of State has appointed William Fieldhouse BA MA MRTPI to conduct the independent Examination to assess the soundness of the Plan. Following completion of the Examination, the Inspector will issue a Report for the Council giving recommendations for action, which may include modifications to the Plan necessary to make it sound, as requested by the Council.

Local Plan Programme Officer

The Examination process will be administered by the Programme Officer, Tracey Smith who is independent of the Council and will work under the direction of the Inspector. All communications / enquiries regarding the Examination (including correspondence for the Inspector) should be addressed to the Programme Officer using the contact details listed below. 

Contact details:

  • Email: tracey.smith@cotswold.gov.uk
  • Tel: 07989 582577
  • Web: www.cotswold.gov.uk/lpexamination
  • Address for correspondence: Chairman's Room, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1PX.

Venue for hearing sessions

Unless otherwise stated, the hearings will be held in the Council Chamber / Committee Rooms, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1PX.

Local Plan Examination process and timetable

The Inspector has decided that, as the Focussed Changes published by the Council in December 2016 do not alter the Plan’s strategy, and because they have been subject to public consultation and sustainability appraisal, he will treat them as part of the Plan to be examined.  A version of the Plan that incorporates the Focussed Changes was published by the Council on 7 July 2017 (SD007); all references to “the Plan” are to that document.

The Hearing Sessions of the Examination will usually commence 10-14 weeks after an Inspector has been appointed and may last up to 4-5 weeks with one or two breaks. The Inspector may call an Exploratory Meeting shortly after submission if he has issues requiring further investigation before proceeding with the Examination.

  • Submission: 7 July 2017
  • Hearings commence: 10 October 2017
  • Inspector’s report due: TBC

After the hearings have been formally closed, the Examination remains open until the Inspector's Final Report is submitted to the Council. However, no further representations or evidence will be accepted after the hearing sessions unless this has been specifically requested by the Inspector.

Local Plan Examination Library

The examination library comprises:

  • Core documents – Documents and guidance prepared and/or referred to in relation to the Plan (including the Council's evidence base and submission documents).
  • Examination documents – Documents and correspondence prepared and/or submitted in relation to the examination of the submitted Local Plan.
  • Hearings sessions – Hearings timetable and programme, agendas, further statements prepared by participants and associated documents.

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX