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Local Plan - frequently asked questions

Has the Local Plan been subject to appropriate public consultation?

Yes, the Plan has been through various stages in its evolution and has been publicly consulted on at each stage, as follows:

  • Local Plan Scoping Consultation - 20 January 2016 to 2 March 2016
  • Local Plan Preferred Options - 5 December 2016 to 30 January 2017
  • Local Plan Submission Draft - 17 January 2019 to 13 May 2019
  • Local Plan Main Modifications - 18 November 2021 to 13 January 2022

At all stages consultation has been undertaken in accordance with the Council's Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and the full details of how the consultation was undertaken up to Submission Draft stage is set out within the Council's Consultation Statement prepared for the Local Plan Examination (document reference SD004 in the Examination Library).

The Inspectors considered the consultation undertaken by the Council during the preparation of the Plan, and concluded in paragraph 33 of their Report, "the consultation and engagement methods which included drop-in sessions, appear to have been effective .... Consultation has exceeded the requirements of the regulations."