Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. News
  3. Examination Hearings in 2014
  4. Consultations on amendments to the Core Strategy in 2013
  5. Examination of the Core Strategy in 2013
  6. Examination of the Core Strategy prior to its suspension in 2012
  7. Examination Documents
  8. Examination Participants' Statements
  9. Contacting the Inspector and the Programme Officer

 Last updated: 22nd April 2014


1. Introduction

This page contains information relating to the examination of the Core Strategy which commenced on 3rd May 2011.  Information on the preceding stages, from launch of the document to its submission to the Planning Inspectorate for examination is available on the Core Strategy History page.

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2. News

22nd April 2014:

During the course of the March/April 2014 Examination hearings a number of issues emerged that require a response to the Inspector from the Council. BNES/56 is now published which outlines this response.  It includes, as Appendix 1, further potential changes to the articulation of the housing requirement and calculation of the 5 year housing land supply set out in Policy DW1 and the associated explanatory text. 

As indicated at the hearings the Inspector will be inviting comments via the Programme Officer on the suggested wording in Appendix 1 from participants at the housing hearing on day 2 (26th March 2014) concerning the 5 year housing land supply.  No other comments are sought or required.

Further news items are available on the Core Strategy News Archive page.

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3. Examination Hearings in 2014

The hearings recommenced on Tuesday 25th March and extended over 3 weeks.  Further details on these hearings in terms of the venue, programme/topics covered and agendas can be on a via this link.

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4. Consultation on the amendments to the Core Strategy in 2013

Two consultations on the Core Strategy took place within 2013.  Details, including the comments submitted, are available via the links below:

    • The Schedule of Proposed Changes to the Submitted Core Strategy (March 2013) was agreed by Council on 4th March 2013 and published for between 26th March and 8th May 2013 for public comment.  This consultation is now closed and the comments made are available here.
    • Comments were invited on the Core Strategy Amendments between 11th November and 20th December 2013.  This included strategic site allocations and the placemaking principles relating to their development and to the related Green Belt boundary changes.  This consultation is now closed and the comments made are available here.

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5. Examination of the Core Strategy in 2013

At the Inspector's requested a hearing took place on 17th September 2013 to look at the Scope of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) - see ID/35.

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6. Examination of the Core Strategy prior to its suspension in 2012

The Examination of the Core Strategy began on 3rd May 2011.  The Examination was suspended between September 2012 and June 2013.  Information on this stage is available here

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7. Examination Documents

The documents associated with the Core Strategy Examination are available via this link.  Documents issued before the examination are available within the Core Strategy History pages, on the Core Strategy Documents.

The Council has also prepared a Core Documents List which lists the documents that are referred to in the Core Strategy and the Council's submissions to the Examination.

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8. Examination Participant's Statements

Participants at the Examination Hearings were invited by the Inspector to submit statements at a number of stages. 

  • in preparation for the Examination Hearings
  • relating to the SHLAA
  • responses to B&NES Statements issued during the Examination Hearings
  • representations on the Schedule of Informal Changes
  • relating to the Duty to Co-operate
  • relating to the implications of the NPPF and Policy for Traveller Sites

These are available on a dedicated page via this link.

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9. Contacting the Inspector and the Programme Officer

The Planning Inspectorate appointed Simon Emerson BSc Dip TP MRTPI to conduct the Examination.  The Programme Officer, Chris Banks, acts as a liaison between the Inspector, the Council and Examination Participants.

Information on the Planning Inspectorate and on how to contact Simon Emerson through Chris Banks is available here.

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