Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Examination

Vale of White Horse District Council submitted the Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites to the Secretary of State on Friday 23 February 2018 for independent examination. 

Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Examination timetable

  • Local Plan Submission for Examination               23 February 2018
  • Deadline for Participation Request                      12 June 2018
  • Deadline for Receipt of Written Statements         12 June 2018
  • Hearing start date                                             3 July 2018
  • Hearings closed                                                6 September 2018

The following documents were prepared for the submission of the Part 2 plan:

The Inspector

Planning Inspector Mr David Reed BSc DipTP DMS MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Vale of White Horse Local Plan.

The Inspector's 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 Local Plan is:

  1. 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);
  2. justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
  3. effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
  4. consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).

The Inspector will take account the representations submitted upon the Local Plan at Regulation 19 stage as far as they relate to soundness considerations.  A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector - these are termed Hearing Sessions. 

Following the closure of the Examination, the inspector, Mr David Reed BSc DipTP DMS MRTPI, will prepare a report to the District Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Local Plan, if such a request is made by the District Council. 

A Guidance Note (80.7 KB) PDF has been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process.  Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

Procedural Correspondence

Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to the Council to offer procedural direction or to seek information.

Correspondence between the Inspector and the Council is exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes procedural correspondence from the Inspector is published below:

PC01 – Inspector’s Preliminary Questions (40.0 KB) PDF

PC01.1 – Vale’s Response (108.2 KB) PDF

PC02 – Inspector’s Letter to Summarise the Close of Hearings (42.2 KB) PDF

The council responded to the Inspector's Letter (PC02) through the submission of four documents, listed below: 

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 Inspector, District Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process.  Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. As specified within the guidance note, all statements must be submitted to the programme officer. 

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

Contact details:

Ian Kemp, 16 Cross Furlong, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7TA

Telephone: 01527 861 711

Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Examination Library and Evidence Base Documents

All documentation relating to the preparation, Submission and Examination of the Local Plan can be viewed in the Council's Examination Library.  This includes documents referred to within, and used to inform, the Local Plan, alongside Regulation 19 consultation responses, Written Matter Statements, Procedural Correspondence with the Inspector, and documents submitted during the Examination Hearing Sessions.  All documents are listed in the Examination Library List.

Examination Library and List can be accessed through the links below:  


The representations submitted as part of the Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Publication Period can be accessed here:

The Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031 Part 2 and accompanying documents are available for inspection at the Council Offices, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB, weekdays from 8:30am until 5.00pm (4.30pm Fridays), and at local libraries across the district.

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions took place over a three week period across July and September. 

The Hearing Session agendas are available to view below: 

The Inspector's Matters and Questions discussed at the Hearing Sessions are available to view below: 

Written Statements

In response to the Inspector's Matters and Questions the following written statements were received and are available to view and access through the link below: 

Last reviewed: 12 - 10 - 2018

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