Commenting on Key Evidence and Supporting Documentation
The New Local Plan Proposed Modifications and Evidence Base Consultation allowed you to make comments on any of the New Local Plan Key Evidence and Supporting Documentation.
For each piece of documentation which you wished to comment upon, you were asked about 3 specific areas:
- the document's legal compliance and duty to cooperate
- soundness of key documents
- any necessary changes
Legal compliance and duty to cooperate
When commenting on Key Evidence and Supporting Documentation items, you were asked to remark on their suitability in respect of legal compliance and duty to cooperate.
Legally Compliant means asking whether or not the New Local Plan has been prepared in line with:
- statutory regulations
- the duty to cooperate
- legal procedural requirements such as the Sustainability Appraisal
Details of how the New Local Plan has been prepared are set out in the Consultation Statements and Duty to Cooperate Statements:
- CD013A - City of York Local Plan Consultation Statement Regulation 22 (May 2018)
- CD020 - LP Submission Draft Statement to demonstrate compliance with the Duty to co-operate (April 2018)
- EX CYC 22 Reg 22 Consultation Statement PM update (September 2019)
- EX CYC 23 Duty to Co-operate Addendum
Please note: these documents were not being consulted and are for information only.
Soundness of key documents
Deciding on whether you consider the document to be sound means considering whether it is fit for purpose and showing good judgement.
The Inspector uses the public examination process to explore and investigate the New Local Plan against the National Planning Policy Framework's 4 tests of soundness.
Test 1: Positively prepared
The plan should be prepared based on a strategy which 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.
Test 2: Justified
The plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
Test 3: Effective
The plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities.
Test 4: Consistent with national policy
The plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.
You were able to suggest any changes you considered necessary to make the New Local Plan Legally Compliant or sound.
You needed to say why these modifications would make the New Local Plan legally compliant or sound.
Your suggestion needed to cover succinctly all the information, evidence and supporting information necessary to support or justify it.