Local Plan: latest news

Examination update on 16 January 2018

Following a consultation on further technical evidence, the Inspector has written to the Council setting out his thoughts and this document is available to view.

Whilst his comments are made without prejudice to his final conclusions on the Plan, the Inspector has confirmed that the Plan is likely to be capable of being found legally compliant and sound, subject to further modifications that will address concerns about new housing in the Cotswolds AONB.

Consultation on further changes to the Local Plan will take place early in 2018 with adoption of the document hopefully later in the year.  


  • We first formally submitted our draft Local Plan to Government for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015.
  • The subsequent examination hearing was suspended in January 2016 following recommendations by the Planning Inspector that elements of the Plan should be reconsidered, including the overall housing target.
  • As a result, our planners undertook a range of further work and consulted on proposed changes to the Plan.
  • Responses were received from around 1,000 individuals and organisations during the 6-week consultation stage which ran from 11 November until 23 December 2016. These were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration on 10 March 2017, together with the proposed modifications and a range of supporting documents.
  • Two further examination hearings took place from 9 - 18 May 2017 (stage 2) and 11 - 20 July 2017 (stage 3). After which we agreed to undertake further work for the Planning Inspector.
  • Consultation on additional technical evidence including housing need, landscape and heritage impact and sustainability appraisal took place between November and December 2017. 





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