The Secretary of State has appointed Sarah Housden BA(Hons) MRTPI and Kelly Ford MSc, MRTPI to undertake the independent examination into whether the Lake District National Park Local Plan is sound and complies with all the legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan’s policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
Carmel Edwards has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination and will deal with all procedural and administrative matters. She is independent from the Authority and reports directly to the Inspector. Ms Edwards is responsible for the day to day organisation of the examination and will act as a channel of communication between the Inspector and all parties, including the Authority officers and representors.
All correspondence or queries relating to the examination should be directed to the Programme Officer.
Ms Carmel Edwards
C/O Lake District National Park Authority
Telephone: 07969 631930
The Inspectors will conduct a series of public hearings as part of the examination process.
The Inspectors have now issued their Draft programme for the examination process. The hearings will open at 10am on Tuesday 26 November and run for two weeks sitting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a contingency session on Friday 29 November and during the week commencing 9 December 2019 if needed. The final programme will be issued after 8 November 2019.
The hearings will take place at the Lake District National Park Authority offices at:
The Examination Library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed the production of the Local Plan. It also contains documents relating to the examination and will be updated as the examination progresses.
Consultation on the Pre-submission version of the Local Plan took place between 8 April and 3 June 2019. Representations received during this period are being sent to the Inspector as part of the evidence base for submission and can be viewed in the Examination Library. The Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 1 August 2019.
The other supporting documents will be published in the Examination Library by the 16th August 2019.
If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination will be carried out the Planning Inspectorate has produced a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.
Keep up to date with the latest examination news. This will be regularly updated and direct you to any new documents or correspondence.