Local Plan Examination

Harborough Local Plan Examination

Inspector's report

As an outcome of the examination into the soundness of the Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, the Council has received the report of final recommendations and its accompanying appendix of main modifications from Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD.

The report concludes that the Harborough Local Plan 2011-31 provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the District.  The Inspector's Report and the final version of the Plan will be considered by the Council's Executive on Thursday 25 April 2019, which will make recommendations to full Council on whether to adopt the Local Plan. The Full Council meeting will be held 30 April 2019.

Policies Map

View Final Policies Map

Local Plan Modifications Consultation

This consultation has now closed.

Harborough District Council submitted the Harborough Proposed Submission Local Plan (2011 to 2031) (the Plan) to the Secretary of State in March 2018 for Examination. Examination Hearings were held by the Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD in October 2018.

Following the Hearings, a number of Main Modifications were prepared at the request of the Planning Inspector. A Main Modification is an amendment which is considered necessary to make the Plan sound, and is required in order to address concerns raised by the Inspector or other representors during the examination process.

The Council prepared a schedule setting out the proposed Main Modifications considered necessary in order for the Local Plan to be found sound. This document, along with an updated Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment were published for public consultation from 12noon on Tuesday 15 January 2019 until 12noon on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Responses to the modifications consultation can be viewed here. All responses received before the consultation closed at noon on 26 February 2019 have been sent to the Inspector. Responses will therefore be considered by the Inspector (not this Council) before he publishes his final report.

Consultation documents:

Schedule of Main Modifications

Sustainability Appraisal of Main Modifications

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Non consultation documents:

The modifications to the Policies Map reflect the Main Modifications, where relevant.

For completeness, the Council published the Schedule of Additional Modifications to the Local Plan (below). This Schedule was not subject to public consultation and was listed for information purposes only.

Schedule of Additional Modifications

A tracked changes version of the Local Plan was also made available. This shows both Main Modifications and Additional Modifications, but does not distinguish between them. This tracked changes version was for information purposes only and was not consulted on:

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031 Modifications, January 2019


Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

As specified in the Examination Statement, Hearing Sessions will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 within the Council Chamber of Harborough District Council, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AG. It is currently envisaged they will continue for two consecutive weeks.

A Programme and Agendas for the Hearing Sessions are now available.

Matters and Issues (updated 24 Aug 2018) have been produced by the Inspector. These will be refined ahead of the Hearing, following the Inspector’s consideration of any written statements received.

The hearing sessions opening statement is available for download here [PDF].

Written Statements

The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters & Issues:

Matters and Issues Statements

SCG1 - HDC & HE Statement of Common Ground

Examination Documents

The following additional documents have been submitted during the Examination:

EXAM1 - Matter 2 - HDC - Other HMA Review Policies

EXAM2 - Matter 2 - Turley - South Staffordshire Review Policy

EXAM3 - Matter 1 - HDC - Affordable Housing Trajectory

EXAM4 - Matter 2 - HDC - Housing Requirement Position Statement

EXAM5 - Matter 5 - Lichfields - Statements of Conformity with draft Policy BE2

EXAM6 - Matter 6 - HDC - SC1 - Audit of Services & Facilities

EXAM7 - Matter 6 - HDC - Proposed Modification to Policy GD2 with Explanatory Text Mods

EXAM7A - Matter 6 - Bidwells for Davidsons Developments Ltd - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7B - Matter 6 - Armstrong Rigg for Manor Oak Homes - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7C - Matter 6 - Bruton Knowles for the Bowden Settlement - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7D - Matter 6 - Planit-X for Scraptoft & Thurnby & Bushby Parish Councils - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7E - Matter 6 - Savills for Taylor Wimpey - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7F - Matter 6 - Gladman Developments - Comments on Draft GD2 Modification

EXAM7G - Matter 6 - Define for Bloor Homes - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM7H - Matter 6 - Sworders for Mr & Mrs Crane - Comments on Draft GD2 Modifications

EXAM8 - Matter 8 - HDC - SC1 - Public Consultation Document, Scraptoft Nature Reserve

EXAM9 - Matter 9 - Turley - LGS Position Statement

EXAM10A - Matter 8 L1 - Marrons - Village Connectivity Plan

EXAM10B - Matter 8 L1 - Lutterworth Connectivity Plan

EXAM11 - Matter 4 - HDC - Specialist Housing Trajectory

EXAM12 - Matter 6 - HDC - Settlement Population Figures

EXAM13 - Matter 5 - HDC - BE2 Additional Evidence

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed here.

The Inspector

Following the Council’s submission of the Harborough Local Plan 2011 to 2031 (the Plan) to the Secretary of State on 16 March 2018, Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:

1 - positively prepared (based on a strategy that 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);

2 -  justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);

3 - effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and

4 - consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Proposed Submission Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector; these are termed Hearing Sessions and are scheduled for the first two weeks of October.  

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations. The Council has requested that these recommendations include any modifications to the Plan which the Inspector considers necessary.

Guidance Notes [PDF, 147Kb] have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

Inspector Correspondence

Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to us to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification. Correspondence between the Inspector and ourselves is exchanged through the Programme Officer.  For transparency and information purposes correspondence from the Inspector is published below:

IC1: Inspector's Initial Questions [PDF]

IC2: Clarification of Inspector's Initial Questions [PDF]

IC3: Council Responses to Inspector's Initial Questions 1 to 23 [PDF]

HSG14: Updated Housing Trajectory (31 March 2018) [PDF]

IC4: Council Responses to Inspector's Initial Questions 24 to 38 [PDF]

IC5: Inspector's Response to IC4 [PDF]

IC6: Inspector Question to the Council re Local Green Space [PDF]

IC7: Council's Response to IC5 [PDF]

IC8: Council's Response to IC6 [PDF]

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
16 Cross Furlong
Droitwich Spa

Telephone: 01527 861 711

Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com