Chiltern local plan examination suspended

An inspector has suspended an examination in public into a Buckinghamshire council's local plan in order for the local authority to provide more evidence on housing need and on the delivery of housing sites.

Chilterns: local plan examination suspended (pic djim via flickr)
Chilterns: local plan examination suspended (pic djim via flickr)

The examination in public of Chiltern District Council’s Chiltern Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD) has been suspended for six months. The examination started on Monday 11 November but was suspended on the second day.

According to a statement on the council’s website, the planning inspector, Patrick Whitehead, has asked it "to provide more evidence on housing need and on the delivery of housing sites".

An additional statement from the council said it was now "waiting to hear which further issues need addressing" from Whitehead.

It added: "The inspector will be writing to the council in the near future to set out his reasons for suspending the examination and what issues the council will need to address. The suspension is to enable the council to prepare a response and to bring forward additional evidence. The council will not be able to comment or provide any additional response until the inspector’s letter has been received and considered".

The DDPD aims to identify housing sites which are deliverable in the plan period up to 2026 to ensure that the housing allocation in the council’s adopted core strategy is met.

According to the document, the core strategy allocation "is a range of 2,650-2,900 net new dwellings from 2006 to 2026".

The document says that since the core strategy was adopted "there has been significant progress towards meeting these allocations, primarily with new housing permitted and sites with existing permission being completed".


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