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Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 - 2029 Examination
Inspectors final report for the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-2029 received on 11 February 2015. You can read the report here.
An Inspector Simon James Emerson, BSc DipTP MRTPI was appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 - 2029.
The Inspector’s task was to consider whether the plan satisfied various regulatory requirements and whether it was sound. The soundness of the submitted Local Plan was to be assessed against the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) which requires that plans 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 as far as they related to regulatory and soundness considerations. He identified the principal issues and held hearing sessions to discuss those relating to the overall strategy.
Following the hearings, the Inspector provided his preliminary conclusions (see Inspector's Documents below). Essentially he has concluded that the plan is not sound because it does not provide sufficient housing, expressing particular concerns about affordable housing. The scale of the additional housing that he considers necessary is such that the plan cannot simply be amended while the examination is suspended – it requires a new local plan. The Council considered this situation at its 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 Programme Officer
A programme officer is an independent officer of the local plan examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process. The programme officer for the Eastleigh local plan examination acted as the contact for any person who had an interest in the local plan examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, the Borough Council and representors. All correspondence or queries relating to the examination were directed to the programme officer.
As the process of examining the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 – 2029 is now over, the role of the programme officer has now ceased.
Following the hearings held between 10 and 13 November 2014, the Inspector issued his Preliminary Conclusions on Housing Needs and Supply on 1 December, document reference ID/4 in Inspector's Documents below, and commented on Other Matters (ID/5). In the light of his main conclusions, the hearings previously planned for January 2015 were cancelled. The Council’s response is set out above. No further representations or comments are required or will be accepted by the Inspector or the Council at this stage
Examination Information - EI
Inspector’s Documents - ID
The Council’s Notes
The Council’s responses to the Inspector can be viewed below
Council Topic Papers
Participants at the Examination Hearings were invited by the Inspector to submit statements responding to the questions in the Draft Examination Hearings Programme.
Link to representation database http://localplan.eastleigh.gov.uk/
Examination Library and Council’s Evidence Base
Apart from documents Subn.1 – Subn. 12 and the representations, the remaining documents listed above form part of the Council’s evidence base. The full list of supporting evidence can be viewed on the Local Plan Evidence.
Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-2029 Evidence Base
Council's letter to the Minister for Housing and Planning (Brandon Lewis MP)