Local Plan

Examination: Local Plan

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Written Statements

Written Statements for all hearing sessions are available and can be accessed through the links within the Written Statements section below.

The statements include the Council’s response to Matter 10 on Housing Land Supply. Responses to the Council’s latest position on this Matter are to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 25 June.


The shuttle bus in operation during the first week of the Hearings has been cancelled due to a lack of uptake and sufficient parking being available at the Council Offices.


Version 9 of the programme (link opens in new window) is now available. Version 9 refines the previously published lists of participants and also schedules an additional hearing session on 18 July to consider the Council’s latest position in respect of Appendix 7 of the Local Plan and future locations for growth. The Council’s position is established in EXAM 12. Expressions of interest to participate in this discussion should be sent to the Programme Officer by 2 July. Any further written comments may also be supplied to the Programme Officer by the same date.

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.

Please note: these documents cannot be shared by using the individual document link.

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 commenced at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 within the Council Chamber of Central Bedfordshire Council, Prior House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ and will continue during June and July.

A 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.


Please note: these documents cannot be shared by using the individual document link.

Written statements

View Statements of Common Ground (link opens in new window)

Please note: these documents cannot be shared by using the individual document link.

Examination documents

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

View examination documents >> (link opens in new window)

Please note: these documents cannot be shared by using the individual document link.

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 (link opens in new window).

Opening speech

Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader of the council opened the local plan examination in public with the following speech. 

View the Local Plan opening speech (link opens in new window).

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