Shaping Brent’s Future Together
Draft Brent Local Plan Examination
The Council has now submitted its response to the inspectors actions which resulted from the Hearings sessions. In addition to this, on January 21st 2021, the Inspectors requested the Council consider the implications of the Secretary of States letter to the Mayor of London on December 10th 2020, and how this impacts upon the soundness of the Brent Local Plan. The Inspectors’ letter can be found here. The Councils response to this letter can be found here.
The Hearing sessions (as below) were completed on the morning of Friday 16th October 2020. The Council is now considering the discussions which took place, and enacting any actions which were recommended by the Inspectors in order to make the Plan and its associated documents 'sound'.
Hearing Sessions - closed
Due to COVID-19, Examination in Public of the new Brent Local Plan will take place virtually, on Zoom. This will take place over a three week period beginning the week commencing 28th September. The Inspectors have produced a guidance note on how these virtual meetings will be managed, and how you can get involved. This can be found here. The timetable for the hearing sessions can be found here. The Individual agendas for the hearing sessions can be found in the table below, under 'hearing session agendas'. To ensure compliance with data protection, both the Inspectors (Inspectors Privacy Notice) and the Council (Brent Privacy Notice) have produced Privacy notices. These explain how the information you provide during these sessions will be managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016.
The below agendas and timetabling may be subject to change. It is the responsibility of participants to make sure they continue to check this webpage to ensure they are up to date with the schedule and agendas for the hearing sessions.
|Matter Agenda||Date of Hearing Session|
|Matter 1 Agenda: Legal and Procedural Requirements||29/09/2020|
|Matter 2 Agenda: Vision, Strategy and Objectives||29/09/2020|
|Matter 3 Agenda: Flood Risk||30/09/2020|
|Matter 4: Strategic Transport Infrastructure and Delivery||01/10/2020|
|14/10/2020 - 15/10/2020|
Inspectors Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ's) - closed
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 Council's Response to these MIQ's, and the Hearing Statements of other stakeholders can be found here.
The deadlines for parties to notify whether they intend to participate in the Examination Hearings (Tuesday 12 August) and for the submission of Hearing Statements in response to the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions (4pm, Wednesday 26 August) have now passed. The statements submitted are now being considered ahead of the Examination Hearing sessions which will start on Tuesday 29 September. 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 hearings associated with the examination of the Brent Local Plan will commence as virtual events on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 0930
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