Shaping Brent’s Future Together
Draft Brent Local Plan Examination
Coronavirus developments have obviously been significant over the last few weeks. The Inspectors are mindful of this evolving situation and will be in regular contact with the Council and representors in connection with any implications for the examination. As matters stand, any potential dates for hearing sessions will inevitably only be provisional and will need to be kept under review. The examination website will be regularly updated with any further information.
The Council is aware that not all people can access documents on-line. Brent Council Public libraries were open for a short period for inspection of paper copies of the submission version of the draft Local Plan, policies map, consultation statement, representations received and Integrated Impact Assessment. The libraries are however closed until further notice.
If you need access to paper copies of documents then please get in touch with us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to try to provide a solution as best we can. Please be aware however that currently we do not have a supply of printed versions of documents that we can access. We are also likely to have significant difficulties in producing printed material until there are changes in national advice on the ability of people to travel.
Having regard to Government guidance in the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 May, the Inspectors have published their Matters Issues and Questions (MIQs). The MIQ's can be found here, and the Inspectors Examination Guidance Note here. Taking account of recent proposed changes that take effect on 1st September to the Use Classes Order, the Inspectors have issued an addendum to the MIQ's here.
The Inspectors are inviting written statements in response to these MIQs to be received no later than 4pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020 and set an earlier deadline of 4pm, Wednesday 12 August 2020 for participants to notify the Programme Officer about whether they wish to appear at hearings, if they have a right to do so. At present, face to face hearings are not possible and so, unless the guidance changes, these would take the form of virtual/digital events assisted by technology. The situation will be monitored and further information will be provided in due course.
At its meeting on the 19th February 2020, Full Council approved the draft Brent Local Plan and supporting documentation for submission for examination. The Council submitted the draft Brent Local Plan to the Secretary of State on 17th March 2020. See statutory notice.
The Planning Inspector
The Council has been appointed the following two Inspectors:
- Christa Masters, MA (Hons), MRTPI
- Andrew McCormack BSc (Hons), MRTPI
They will examine the Plan, supporting evidence and representations received to the Regulation 19 consultation.
Once the Inspector has thoroughly assessed the Plan they will, if they consider it appropriate, undertake hearings at an Examination in Public. It will be for the Inspector to determine the scope of the Examination Hearing Sessions and who they wish to invite to those sessions. The Council has notified the Inspector of those that made representations who indicated that they would wish to appear at any hearings to make their representation in person. Where the Inspector has requested additional material for clarification, it will be made publicly available here on the Shape Brent webpage. For more information on examination timeframes, this webpage will be updated when necessary with new information.
The Inspector will examine the Plan against the test of soundness set out in the NPPF:
Positively Prepared (i.e. the Plan seeks to meet needs);
Justified (i.e. the Plan is supported by evidence);
Effective (i.e. the Plan is ‘deliverable’) and;
Consistent with National and Regional Policy (i.e. broadly aligns with both the NPPF and the London Plan).
The Plan will either be considered sound and ready for adoption assuming Inspector recommendations are implemented, or unsound.
The Programme Officer
The Council has appointed Andrea Copsey as the Programme Officer for the Local Plan. Andrea is independent from the Council and will work under the direction of the appointed Inspector. Throughout the examination process, the Programme Officer will deal with all procedural and programming matters relating to the Inspector and Examination.
For all matters concerning the examination, please contact Andrea Copsey as below:
Examination Office, PO Box 12607, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 9GN
07842 643988Taking account of recent proposed changes that take effect on 1st September to the Use Classes Order, the Inspectors have issued an addendum to the MIQs here