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This guidance is provided to ensure consistent application of examination procedures, and to promote fairness, transparency and proportionality. It also sets out the criteria which the Secretary of State will apply when deciding on the examination process for a specific application.
A public consultation was launched in April 2012 for the Light Touch Review of the 6 guidance documents underpinning the Planning Act 2008. The examinations guidance has been refreshed to bring it into line with the Localism Act 2011 and it has been made more concise in the process. The guidance also seeks to clarify some of the examination procedure rules, where there has been confusion in the past. The guidance also addresses the process for making changes to a development consent order post submission, which is a question that arises frequently.