Vale of White Horse Local Plan Examination

Vale of White Horse District Council submitted the Local Plan 2031 Part 1: Strategic Sites and Policies to the Secretary of State on Wednesday 18 March 2015 for independent examination. All documentation relating to the examination of the Local Plan 2031 Part 1 is available to view below.  

Schedule of Main Modifications 

The Schedule of Main Modifications Consultation closed on 14 September 2016 (5pm). The Council received a total of 178 comments from 70 individual consultees.  The comments were forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration. 

All responses to the Main Modifications Consultation can be viewed on the online consultation portal

The Inspector invited comments on the proposed Main Modifications as part of the Examination process for the Local Plan 2031 Part 1. The Main Modifications were identified by the Inspector as those necessary to make the Spatial Strategy and Strategic Policies contained within the Local Plan sound. The Inspector considered all representations submitted to the Schedule of Main Modifications consultation before publishing his final report. 

The Sustainability Appraisal Statement and Habitats Regulations Assessment Addendum that accompanied the Main Modifications are available to view below. 

Additional Information

The Council also published a Schedule of Additional Modifications comprising changes of a minor nature to update the Plan, correct any errors and to provide additional clarity when interpreting the Plans Strategic Policies. This document was not subject to public consultation but was purely published for additional information and clarity alongside the Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan 2031 Part 1.

The Council has produced a tracked changed version of the Local Plan 2031 to provide additional clarity.

Inspectors Interim Findings

Our initial response to the Inspector’s Interim Findings Queries can be found here together with the Inspectors acknowledgement here.

The Inspector has now submitted his Interim Findings to us which can be found here (198.5 KB) PDF . In addition to the Interim Findings the Inspector has also written to us outlining his thoughts concerning the monitoring framework which can be found here

Matters and Questions, and Programme

The Hearings took place in two stages.  Stage 1 considered the main strategic issues of the plan.  Stage 2 considered the soundness of all other matters relating to the plan.

Further details on the Inspector's approach to the Examination can be found in the Guidance Notes for stage 1 Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website... , and the Guidance notes for stage 2 Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...

Written Statements

In response to the Inspector's Matters and Questions for the Initial Hearings written statements were received and can be accessed via the following links:

Statements of Common Ground

A number of Statements of Common Ground were prepared these can be accessed via the following link:

Recently submitted Statements of Common Ground can also be accessed here: 

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Local Plan, the District 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 through the links below. 

The Inspector

Planning Inspector; Mr Malcolm Rivett BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI was appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Vale of White Horse Local Plan. 

The Inspector's task was 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 took account of the representations submitted upon the Local Plan Publication Version as far as they relate to soundness considerations.  A number of informal debates will took place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector (these are termed Hearing Sessions). 

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector prepared a report to the District Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations included modifications to the Local Plan, as request is made by the District Council. 

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer (Ian Kemp), an independent officer, acted as the contact for any person during the Examination and as the liaison between the Inspector, District Council and Representors. With the issuance of the Inspectors final report, the work of the Programme Officer is concluded, and all matters relating to the Local Plan Part 2 should be directed to the Planning Policy team

Last reviewed: 26 - 06 - 2019

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