Examining local plans: procedural practice

Guide aimed at all those involved in the process and concerned with the procedural aspects of examining a local plan.


Procedural Practice in the Examination of Local Plans

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This guide includes information on:

  • the plan submission
  • preparation and initial examination
  • before commencement of the hearings
  • hearing sessions
  • the inspector’s report
  • fact check report for the local planning authority
  • delivery of the final report
  • withdrawal of the plan
  • suspension of the examination
Published 13 May 2014
Last updated 23 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Guide updated to take account of more recent refinements in practice and the update to the Planning Practice Guidance published on 19 May 2016
  2. First published.