Amended Core Strategy DPD examination
Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD (25th February 2019)
Following the Examination Hearings of the Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD, held on 1st and 2nd February 2018, the Planning Inspector Mr Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC issued his report on 25th February 2019.
The report concluded that the Newark & Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the District, subject to a number of main modifications [MMs].
The MMs can be summarised as follows:
- MMs to ensure the amount of housing operates as a floor not a ceiling, and to address issues around the spatial distribution of housing;
- MMs to ensure that there is adequate provision for the on-going needs of Gypsies and Travellers;
- A MM to bring the Plan better into line with Government policy on the historic environment; and
- A series of MMs to ensure other policy areas of the Plan are justified and effective.
The full document is available here: Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Amended Core Strategy (PDF File, 507kb)
Amended Core Strategy - Main Modifications Consultation (8th August - 21st September 2018)
Following submission of the Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD, a two day examination hearing was held between Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February 2018. As part of the examination hearing the Inspector Mr Paul Griffiths BSC (Hons) BArch IHBC, has identified a number of Main Modifications to rectify issues of legal compliance and/or soundness with the Amended Core Strategy.
The Inspector invited representations on the proposed Main Modifications and also took into account any comments received in relation to the supporting documents. Any representation made about the proposed Main Modifications needed to address the effect on the Plan’s soundness or legal compliance.
In addition to Main Modifications the Council proposed a number of Minor Modifications/Points of Clarification, which were not formally part of the Examination process but which were consulted upon at the same time as seeking representations on Main Modifications.
Please note the consultation was confined to the Main Modifications and Minor Modifications/Point of Clarification. It was not an opportunity to re-state points previously made, to raise new representations or to seek further changes to the Amended Core Strategy DPD.
In addition to the consultation on the Modifications the Council produced:
- An assessment of the impact of the Main Modifications and the Minor Modifications/Points of Clarification on the Integrated Impact Assessment & HRA.
- An Appropriate Assessment. Following a European Court ruling on the practice relating to Habitat Regulations Assessments, any plan or programme which has taken into account mitigation in the screening of impacts cannot be regarded as having met the requirements of the Habitat Regulations. Therefore the District Council reviewed its Habitat Regulations Screening Assessment and produced an Appropriate Assessment (AA). The AA concluded that the Amended Core Strategy “is not expected to result in any Likely Significant Effects and therefore satisfies the Habitat Regulations.”
Main Modifications (including Minor Modifications/Points of Clarification)
The Modifications, IIA and Habitats Review of the Final Modifications, Appropriate Assessment and supporting documents are available to view by following the links below.
Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD Examination Details
Mr Paul Griffiths BSC (Hons) BArch IHBC, from the Planning Inspectorate, was formally appointed as the Inspector for the examination of the Amended Core Strategy DPD. His role was to determine whether the Amended Core Strategy was sound and complied with all legal requirements. The criteria for soundness were whether the policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
8 August 2018 - Main Modifications and Minor Amendments/Points of Clarification (see details above)
18 May 2018 - The Council response to the Inspector's post-hearings Note to the Council (NSH/07). This can be viewed in the Examination library
11 May 2018 - The Inspector sent a further post-hearings Note to the Council (INS/09). This can be viewed in the Examination library
08 May 2018 - The Inspector sent a further post-hearings Note to the Council (INS/08). This can be viewed in the Examination library
30 April 2018 - The Inspector accepted an additional document from the Council. This had the reference NSH/06 and can be viewed in the Examination library
19 April 2018 - The Inspector accepted an additional document and covering email from Dr Murdoch. These had the references OTH/06 and OTH/06.1 and can be viewed in the Examination library
16 April 2018 - As invited by the Inspector, the Council produced a response to Dr Murdoch's submission. This had the reference NSH/04 and can be viewed in the Examination library
09 April 2018 - In response to the Council's Post Hearing Statement the Inspector received a final response from Dr Murdoch. This had the reference OTH/05 and can be viewed in the Examination library
15 March 2018 - The Inspector sent an email via the Programme Officer to Dr Murdoch re Matter 14 (INS/07). This can be viewed in the examination library
02 March 2018 - In response to a request from the inspector the Council produced a Post-hearings statement on Matter 14 (NSH/03). This can be viewed in the examination library
15 February 2018 - The Inspector replied to a query from Dr Murdoch (INS/06). This can be viewed in the examination library
13 February 2018 - The Inspector sent a second Post-Hearing Note to the Council (INS/05). This can be viewed in the examination library
12 February 2018 - The Inspector sent a Post-Hearing Note to the Council (INS/04). This can be viewed in the examination library
24 January 2018 – Statements received in response to the Inspector’s Hearings agendas (incorporating Matters and issues). These can be viewed on the Hearing Statements page.
08 December 2017 - The inspector published his Hearings agendas (incorporating Matters and issues) and a Guidance note for participants. These can be viewed in the examination library.
04 December 2017 - The Council added self-assessments for both Legal Compliance (CS/18) and Soundness (CS/19). The latest Annual Monitoring report, for 2016-2017, was also made available. (NSH/02). These can be viewed in the examination library.
21 November 2017 - The inspector sent an initial query to the Council on 3 November. This query, and the Council response, can be viewed in the Examination library.
As part of the examination the Inspector called a series of public hearings. These commenced on Thursday 1 February 2018 and ran for two days.
Copies of the hearing statements and Inspector's questions can be found in Hearing Statements.
The library contains documents submitted with the Amended Core Strategy and background documents that informed its production. It also lists documents related to the examination.