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The Council has received the final Inspector's Report on the General Development Control Policies DPD from the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspector's conclusions will be reported to Full Council on 5 December with a recommendation to adopt the General Development Control Policies DPD, incorporating the Inspector's binding changes, with effect from the 21 December 2007.

The Council received the letter of closure for the General Development Control Policies Examination from The Planning Inspectorate. The letter formally confirmed the closure of the examination and stated that the document had a two week period for the fact check of the document.

A Public Examination (press advert) into representations on the soundness of the General Development Control Submission document opened on 4 September 2007 at the Council Offices, North Street, Horsham.

In accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Secretary of State has appointed David Vickery DipTP MRTPI of the Planning Inspectorate to conduct the examination to determine whether the General Development Control Policies Development Plan Document is sound. The Inspector will examine the representations and prepare a binding report for submission to the District Council.

Information and guidance on assessing the soundness of Development Documents is given by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Pre-Examination Meeting (PEM) took place on Monday 25 June. The Pre-Examination Meeting Notes (70kb) have been issued and gives details of what was discussed at the PEM.

The Inspectors have issued the agendas for each session, as below:

A draft Programme for Hearings (26kb, revised 20 August 2007) at the Examination and a list of Draft Matters (79kb, revised 20 August 2007) are also available. The most up to date version of the Programme for Hearings and the list of Draft Matters is always available on this website. If paper copies are required please contact the Programme Officer.

The Inspectors have issued agendas for the hearing sessions as below:

 Hearing Session  Agenda
 4 September  DC Issues 1, 3 and 4
 4 September  DC Issues 20-22
 5 September  DC Issues 23-24
 5 September  DC Issues 29-31
 6 September  DC Issues 33 and 35
 6 September  DC Issues 41-42
 7 September  DC Issues Monitoring

The representations made during the six-week period may be viewed in full on this website. The Council has also made copies of the representations available at its offices in Horsham and at the Storrington Help Point.

Core Documents

A list of Core Documents (88kb, revised 20 August) has been made available for the General Development Control Policies Examination. These documents are housed in the Examination library.

Schedule of Changes to the General Development Control Policies DPD

The attached document represents a Schedule of Suggested 'rolling' Changes (360kb - updated 6 Sept) that are being put to the Inspector in advance of the Examination Hearings. The Schedule is an evolving document that may change further until the close of the Hearings.

Test of Soundness self assessment toolkit

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) recommends that local authorities undertake a self-assessment of each Development Plan Document (DPD) to ensure that they have produced a sound DPD, with regard to the tests of soundness in PPS12.  The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) is preparing a self-assessment toolkit to help local authorites with this process. The Council has used the self assessment toolkit to demonstrate to the Inspectors who are examining the Horsham District Council General Development Control Policies documant that it is sound. The tables in the toolkit set out each stage in the production of the General Development Control Policies document identifying what evidence is provided to demonstrate that the statutory requirements have been met.

General Development Control Policies self assessment toolkit (207kb).

17th January 2018


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