Local Plan Examination

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Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 - 2029 Examination

Update

Inspectors final report for the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-2029 received on 11 February 2015.  You can read the report here.

 

The Inspector

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.

Examination Documents

Examination Information:

 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

Timing

Ref

Subject

Date issued

Pre-Hearings

EI/1

Inspector’s advice note

28.08.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/2

Inspector’s draft preliminary timetable

28.08.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/3

Inspector’s hearings programme week 1

05.11.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/4

Directions to hearing venue November 2014

 28.08.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/5

Regulation 24 Notice

18.09.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/6

Cover letter from Programme Officer to respondents

02.09.14

Pre-Hearings

 EI/7

 Pre-hearing questions for November

03.10.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/8

Covering Letter: Inspector’s pre-hearing questions and hearing programme week 1 

03.10.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/9

Agenda for Monday 10 November starting at 2:00pm

03.11.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/10

Agenda for Tuesday 11 November's Hearing 2: Housing Needs

05.11.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/11

Agenda for Wednesday 12 November: - Housing Supply

07.11.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/12a

Agenda for Thursday 13 November am - Flexibility and review (PDF)

07.11.14

Pre-Hearings

EI/12

Agenda for Thursday 13 November starting 2pm

06.11.14

 

Inspector’s Documents - ID

 

Timing

Ref

Subject

Date Issued

Pre-Hearings

ID/1

Inspector’s Preliminary Comments and Questions

15.08.14

Pre-Hearings

ID/2

Inspector’s response to the Council on policies maps

26.08.14

Post-Hearing

ID/3

Inspector's Post Hearing Note 1

14.11.14
Post-Hearing ID/4

Inspector's Preliminary Conclusions

01.12.14
Post-Hearing ID/5

Inspector's Post Hearing Note 3 - Other Matters

03.12.14
Post-Hearing ID/6

Inspector's Post Hearing Note 4 - Response to the Council's request for clarification

09.12.14
Post-Hearing ID/7

Inspector's Response to Council's request for advice on next steps

15.12.14
Post-Hearing ID/8

Inspector's Response to request for further clarification

16.12.14
Post-Hearing ID/9 Inspectors Final Report 12.02.15

 

The Council’s Notes

The Council’s responses to the Inspector can be viewed below

EiP Stage

Ref

Subject

Date issued

Response to:

Pre-Hearings

EBC/1

Council question to the Inspector on policies maps

19.08.14

ID/1

Pre-Hearings

 EBC/2

Council response to Inspector's preliminary comments and questions

Enclosed PDF documents: Maps showing proposed changes to i) urban edge, ii) gaps, iii) housing sites and iv) employment sites

 15.09.14

ID/2

 

Pre-Hearings

EBC/3

Omission sites

08.09.14

 

Pre-Hearings

EBC/4/1 

EBC/4/2 

EBC/4/3

EBC/4/4

Section 1. Statutory and regulatory matters

Section 2. Housing needs

Section 3. Housing supply and delivery

Section 4. Flexibility and review 

28/10/14  

28/10/14  

28/10/14  

28/10/14 

EI/7

EI/7

EI/7

EI/7

Hearing - travellers November 2014

EBC/4/5

Section 5. Gypsies and travellers

28/10/14

EI/7

 

Post-hearing

EBC/5

Council response to the Inspector's post hearing note 1

19/11/14

ID/3

Post-hearing

EBC/6

Allocations with planning permission or resolution to permit

17/11/14

 

Post-hearing

EBC/7

Clarification - status of objections made by Hampshire County Council

11/11/14

 

Post-hearing

EBC/8

Schedule of proposed changes

21/11/14

 
Post-Hearing EBC/9

Possible changes to policy E1 in relation to Forest Park and habitat migration

24/11/14  
Post-Hearing EBC/10

Council's request for clarification from the Inspector

08/12/14

ID/3

Post-Hearing

EBC/11

Council's request for advice on next steps

12/12/14

ID/6

Post-Hearing

 EBC/12

Council's further request for advice on next steps

16/12/14

ID/6

Post-Hearing

EBC/13

Council's request for the Planning Inspector to submit his report

22/12/14

ID/8

 

Council Topic Papers

 

Participants Statements

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/

EiP Stage

Ref

Subject

Date issued

Response to:

Hearings November 2014

1440

Duty to cooperate

17.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

4944

i. Bird population data

ii. Email correspondence with JNCC

iii. Little egret data

26.10.14

26.10.14

26.10.14

EI/7

EI/7

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

5025

 AL1 Letter 

 

27.10.14

EI/7

 

Hearing November 2014

6701

Matters 3 and 4

Housing needs

i. Email 

ii. Matter 3

iii. Matter 4

Appendices

27.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

2232

i. Regulatory & statutory matters

ii. Housing needs

27.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

6676

i. Statutory and regulatory matters

ii. Housing Needs

iii. Housing needs supply and delivery

27.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

5108

Statement on housing supply and delivery

27.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

6685

i. Statutory and regulatory matters

ii. Housing Needs

iii. Housing Needs Appendix

iv. Flexibility and review

27.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

6530

ii. Housing Needs

iii. Housing needs supply and delivery

 

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

1440

i. Statutory and regulatory matters

ii. Housing Needs

iii. Housing supply & delivery

iv. Flexibility & future review

v. Addendum-Housing needs assessment

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

6714

Housing supply & delivery

 

28.10.14

EI/7

 

Hearing November 2014

133

 

Statutory and regulatory matters

 

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

6666

i. Housing needs & market signals

ii. Housing Needs

iii. Eastleigh housing supply

iv. Flexibility & review

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

697

Statutory & regulatory matters 

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

5701

Housing supply & delivery  

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

1895

Housing needs: housing & employment/economic growth

28.10.14

EI/7

Hearing November 2014

2232

i. Regulatory and statutory matters 

ii. Housing needs

28.10.14

E1/7

Hearing November 2014

4913

 

i.   Housing needs
ii.  Annex A
iii. Annex B
iv. Annex C
v.  Annex D
vi. Housing supply & delivery
vii. Annex A
viii. Flexibility & review
ix. Annex A

28.10.14

E1/7

Hearing November 2014

6393

Horton Heath area proposals objection

29.10.14

E1/1

Hearing November 2014

6678

HE6 & HE7

30.10.14

E1/7

Post Hearing November 2014 6701 - 6707

Response - inclusion of the SDA

26.11.14

ID/3

EBC/5

Post Hearing November 2014 1440

Housing numbers

26.11.14 ID/3
EBC/5
Post Hearing November 2014 6530

Housing supply and delivery

26.11.14 ID/3
EBC/5
Post Hearing November 2014 4913 Discussion of the SDA 26.11.14

ID/3
EBC/5

 

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

 

Other correspondence

Council's letter to the Minister for Housing and Planning (Brandon Lewis MP)

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3