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New Local Plan Proposed Modifications and Evidence Base Consultation

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:

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:

Please note: these documents were not being consulted and are for information only.

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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.

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Necessary changes

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.

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Also see

Forward Planning Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552255