Examination of the TWBC Local Plan
The Inspector has published his Examination Guidance Note, Hearing Programme, and Matters Issues and Questions for Stage 1. View here.
The Examination Guidance Note provides further information on the procedural and administrative arrangements for participants in the Examination, including relevant deadlines and how to contact the Programme Officer.
Stage 1 – Legal Compliance, will look at issues such as Duty to Co-operate, Sustainability Appraisal, Habitat Regulations Assessment, Public Consultation, and Impact of Climate Change. If he finds the Plan is not compliant he may conclude that the inquiry should not continue, as happened with Tonbridge & Malling, for example.
Stage 2 – Local Plan Policies, will look at Housing Needs and Land Supply, Employment Needs and Sites, Spatial Strategy and Distribution of Development, Green Belt Policy, Site Selection, Strategic Sites (including Tudeley, Paddock Wood and East Capel), Other Residential Site Allocations, Infrastructure, Local Services and Facilities, Transport Infrastructure, Landscape, Heritage & Conservation, Biodiversity, Environmental Protection, and Water & Flood Risk.
The programme is set out below and the sessions highlighted are of particular significance, and Counsel will advise on how to approach the various topics. The physical sessions are to held at Council chambers, Tunbridge Wells.