Birmingham Development Plan - Examination
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Planning Inspector; Mr Roger Clews BA, MSc, Dip Ed, Dip TP, MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of BDP.
The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the BDP is:
- positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
- consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted on the BDP at the Pre Submission stage 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.
Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the City Council with precise recommendations. These recommendations may include modifications to the BDP, if such a request is made by the City Council.
A Guidance Note has been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and is available below. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Inspector Contact With Birmingham City Council
There may be times when it is necessary for the Inspector to seek clarification or information from the City Council to assist in his deliberations. The Inspector and the City Council are never in direct communication but instead queries are channelled through the Programme Officer. For transparency purposes and to keep all interested parties fully informed, correspondence between the Inspector and the City Council can be found below.
In response to the Inspector’s Matters and Questions identified in the Programme the following written statements were received in relation to Matters A to F. Please note the deadline for submission of written statements for Matters G to N is Monday 13th October 2014.
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, City Council and Representatives.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
Mr Ian Kemp, 49 All Saints Place, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0AX
Telephone: 01527 837 920
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Hearing Sessions - Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions will commence at 9:30 am on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET an initial Programme for the Hearing Sessions along with a map of the Venue can be found below.
Evidence Base Documents
In preparing the BDP the City Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination.
The Examination Documents section of the evidence library details documents submitted post submission. Examination documents can be accessed from the link to the overall Evidence Base above and includes procedural correspondence from the Inspector together with documents submitted by Birmingham City Council and Representatives during the Examination.
Last Updated : 17th October 2014