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South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Examination

Latest Update - 17th November 2023


17th November 2023 - EXAM 1 - Inspectors' Initial Questions to Local Planning Authorities published.

17th November 2023 - Submission and Evidence Base Document List updated (Document Additions CD24 - 31)

10th October 2023 - Planning Inspectors; P Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI and S Dean MA MRTPI appointed to conduct an Examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the  SWDP Review.

27th September 2023 - SWDP Review submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination.


Planning Inspectors; P Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI and S Dean MA MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (the 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 Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

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


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 Inspectors, Local Planning Authorities and Representors. ​I am an independent Officer of the Examination and work on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. ​Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspectors should be submitted to me in the first instance. 


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

Email: ​​

Telephone: ​07723009166​


Guidance Notes will be 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.


In preparing the Plan the Authorities both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination.


The following documents have been submitted since the

submission of the Plan for Examination.

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