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New Local Plan Examination

All updates about the Local Plan Examination process, timetable and other relevant information will be made available here.

Our Local Plan Examination Programme Officer

Contact our Local Plan Examination Programme Officer, Carole Crookes (Independent Programme Officer Solutions) via email:, telephone: 07397 909822, postal address is provided upon request; please contact the Programme Officer directly for these details.

Key information for the Local Plan Examination

Inspector Simon Berkeley (BA MA MRTPI) and Inspector Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC have been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to conduct the examination into the City of York Local Plan to determine whether it's sound.

Examination news and updates:

Correspondence and updates relating to the examination from 2024.

See previous examination correspondence and updates from:

31 January 2024

The Inspectors have published their Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) for the phase 5 hearing (EX/INS/47) along with the Programme Officer’s covering letter (EX/INS/48). The deadline for receipt of hearing statements is 12.00pm on Wednesday 28 February 2024, which should be submitted electronically. The MIQs relate to Policy H5: Gypsies and Travellers and contain one question which relates to Policy H6: Travelling Showpeople.

The Inspectors’ email of the 20 December 2023 (EX/INS/45) also refers to the Written Ministerial Statement: Planning – Local Energy Efficiency Standards Update of 13 December 2023. The Inspectors are to deal with this matter by way of written representations. The Council are to submit a statement in relation to this matter by the same deadline as the hearing statements.

23 January 2024

Notification is given that the phase 5 Hearing will commence at 10.00am on Wednesday 6 March 2024, at Booth Hall at the Citadel, Gillygate, York, YO31 7EA, and is expected to last for just 1 day (EX/CYC/129).

The Hearing relates to the Inspectors’ email sent to the council on 20 December 2023 (EX/INS/45) on Policy H5: Gypsies and Travellers.

Further details are provided in the letter to invited participants (all those who have previously made representations in relation to Policy H5) (EX/INS/46).

Information will be published in the examination library and on the examination webpage as it becomes available.

10 January 2024

O’Neill Associates, on behalf of York Colleges, wrote to the Inspectors (EX/OTH/40, EX/OTH/40a and EX/OTH/40b) seeking a response to their earlier submissions from October 2023. The Inspectors are still considering this matter and will issue a response when they are able to do so.

Also see

Strategic Planning Policy Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552255