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The Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 – 2029 was submitted to the Secretary of State for formal Examination on Tuesday 15 July 2014. An Inspector, Simon James Emerson, BSc Dip TP MRTPI was appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan.
The Inspector’s task was to consider whether the plan satisfied various regulatory requirements and whether it was sound. The soundness of a submitted Local Plan must be assessed against the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) which requires that the Plan must be:
- 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);
- justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities);
- and consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
- The Inspector took into account the representations submitted at the Pre-Submission stage of the Local Plan insofar as they related to regulatory and soundness considerations. He identified the principal issues and held hearing sessions between 10 and 13 November 2014 to discuss those relating to overall strategy.
Following the hearings, the Inspector provided his preliminary conclusions. Essentially he concluded that the Plan was not sound because it did not provide sufficient housing, expressing particular concerns about affordable housing. The scale of the additional housing that he considered necessary is such that the Plan cannot simply be amended while the examination is suspended – it requires a new local plan. The Borough Council considered this situation at Cabinet and Council meetings on 18 December 2014 and concluded that:
- the Inspector should be requested to submit his formal report which will conclude the examination; and
- that work should commence on the preparation of a new local plan rolled forward to 2036, in line with the emerging review of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) South Hampshire Strategy. A new local development scheme (the programme for preparing the local plan) will be published in due course.
The Inspector’s conclusions and related queries from the Council can be viewed on the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan Examination page.
The Inspector’s formal report was received on 11 February 2015. A copy of the report can be found here.
No further work will be undertaken on the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 – 2029