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Lewisham Local Plan Examination

Latest Update - 17th June 2024

EXAMINATION LATEST NEWS

Hearing Sessions will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday 18th June 2024 within the Council Chamber of Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU.

The Hearing Sessions will be live-streamed and available to watch back via the Council's You Tube Channel, the recordings will be published as soon as possible.

Link to Live Stream for Week 1 Hearings (Week of 17th June).

Link to Live Stream for Week 2 Hearings (Week of 24th June)

Link to Live Stream for Week 3 Hearings (Week of 8th July)

Link to Live Stream for Week 4 Hearings (Week of 15th July)

17 June 2024 - LC25 - Council's Request to Inspectors to recommend Modifications to the Plan, LC26 - Statement of Common Ground with HUDU, LC27 - Statement of Common Ground with Tesco and Astir Living, PD11 - Updated Schedule of Proposed Modifications, Hearing Session Agendas for Week 2: Matter 6, Matter 8, Matter 9, Matter 10, Matter 11, Matter 12, Matter 13 & Matter 14 published.

14 June 2024 - V3 of the Hearings Programme published, updating the participant position. Index of Written Statements updated to remove statements submitted by Cllr Curran at his request.

13 June 2024 - Index of Written Statements republished to correct typographical errors. Specific attention is drawn to the addition of Written Statement WS6/1A which is a supplementary note from the Council in relation to their Matter 6 statement.

12 June 2024 - The Index of Written Statements has been updated to include statements received for the Matters being heard in July. A number of Statements of Common Ground have also been added to the Examination Documents List (See LC17 - 24).

10 June 2024 - Hearing Session Agendas for Week 1 published: Matter 1 - Procedural / Legal Requirements, Matter 2 - Duty to Co-operate, Matter 3 - Vision, Objectives & Spatial Strategy, Matter 4 - Housing Target / Requirement, Matter 5 - Other Housing Requirements & Matter 7 - Transport and Connectivity.

8 June 2024 - V2 of the Hearings Programme released which includes details of invited participants.

23 May 2024 - Written Statements for Stage 1 Hearings published. A number of accompanying new documents have been added to the Examination Documents List (see entries dated 23rd May).

29 April 2024 - LC 7 - Lewisham Council's Regulation 24 - Notice of Hearing Sessions published.

15 April 2024 - IN 2 - Guidance Note, IN 3 - Matters, Issues and Questions & IN 4 - Draft Hearings Programme published.

3 April 2024 - LC6 - Employment Land Topic Paper published.

7 March 2024 - LC3 - Council's Response to Inspectors' Initial Questions, LC4 - Housing Target Topic Paper, LC5 - Spatial Strategy Topic Paper and EXAM 1 - Bakerloo Line Upgrade and Extension Report published.

7 February 2024 - LC2 - Lewisham Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment Update published.

30 January 2024 - IN 1 - Inspectors' Initial Questions to Council published.

17 January 2024 - LC 1 - Lewisham Industrial Employment Land Report published (Updates Document EB22)

24 November 2023  - Planning Inspectors R A Bust BSC (Hons) MA MSc LLM PhD MoL MCMI MIEnvSci MRTPI & C Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI appointed to undertake an independent Examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan.

3 November 2023 - Lewisham Local Plan Submitted for Examination.

THE INSPECTORS

Planning Inspectors R A Bust BSC (Hons) MA MSc LLM PhD MoL MCMI MIEnvSci MRTPI & C Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI appointed to undertake an independent Examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan.

The Inspectors' task will be to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2023 (the Framework) and associated regulations., namely the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Regulation 19 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 Inspectors, these are termed Hearing Sessions.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Local Planning Authority with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

IAN KEMP - PROGRAMME OFFICER

My role is to act as the point contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Local Planning Authority and Representors. ​I am an independent Officer of the Examination and work on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. ​Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted to me in the first instance. 

 

Address: ​PO Box 241, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 1DW

Email: ​​ian@localplanservices.co.uk

Telephone: ​07723009166​

GUIDANCE NOTES

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspectors to help people understand the process. Procedural Guidance for Local Plans has also been produced by the Planning Inspectorate, together with a short guide aimed at those participating in a local plan examination for the first time.

PROGRAMME AND MATTERS, ISSUES & QUESTIONS 

Hearing Sessions will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday 18th June 2024 within the Council Chamber of Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU. The Inspectors have produced Matters, Issues and Questions and a draft Programme for the Hearing Sessions.

KEY DATES

3rd May 2024 - Participation Requests Deadline.

17th May 2024 - Written Statements Deadline - Phase 1 Hearings

7th June 2024 - Written Statement Deadline - Phase 2

18th June 2024 - Hearing Sessions Commence.

SUBMISSION & 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.

EXAMINATION DOCUMENTS

The following documents have been added since the Local Plan was submitted for Examination.

WRITTEN STATEMENTS

The following Written Statements have been submitted in response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions.

REGULATION 19 REPRESENTATIONS

Representations received in response to the Council's Regulation 19 Local Plan consultation are as follows:

Statutory Consultees (updated 14th June)

Community Groups and Residents

Landowners

Organisations

Submitted through Citizen Space and Commonplace

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