Steps eight to ten - the road to adoption

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Step eight - independent examination

We will check your plan meets the legal requirements. If your draft plan does not meet the basic conditions and cannot be modified, we may refuse to accept the submitted plan.

Otherwise, we’ll then pay for and make the necessary arrangements for an independent examiner to check the plan, in agreement with you. The examiner:

  • will decide whether the plan meets the basic conditions and legal requirements
  • will write a report detailing their findings and will make recommendations about the plan, including whether it’s ready to be put to a local referendum
  • may suggest amendments to the plan, which you should follow to give the plan the best chance of success at referendum
  • may suggest that people in an adjacent area should be included in the referendum, if the plan closely affects them

The Examiner’s report is not legally binding but, unless there is strong evidence to the contrary, we are likely to approve the examiner’s findings. 

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Step nine - the referendum

We will publish the examiner’s report. If recommended, we will organise the local referendum for the plan. If more than 50 per cent of people who vote in the referendum support the plan, we must adopt it.

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Step ten - adopting your plan

We will then use the plan to help determine planning applications in the area.


Last reviewed: 01 - 06 - 2016

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