Local Plan update – 21 November 2017
Following a period of public examination and consultation on proposed modifications, the Inspector has now published her reports covering the Local Plan and City Centre Area Action Plan. These reports were formally received by the Council in October and November 2017 respectively.
Both the Coventry Local Plan and City Centre Area Action Plan were submitted to the Secretary of State on 1 April 2016. This followed a period of statutory public consultation between 18 January 2016 and 29 February 2016. Following its submission, the SoS appointed an independent Inspector – Rebecca Phillips BA(Hons) MSc DipM MCIM MRTPI – to oversee the public examination of the Plan and its evidence base. All documents associated with the examination process can be found in the Examination Library contents page.
The public examination hearing sessions took place over 3 stages:
Following the final hearing session, the Inspector confirmed that the Council could consult on proposed modifications to both Plans. The proposed schedule of amendments to both Plans were presented for a period of statutory consultation between the 15 March and 28 April 2017. This was with the aim of overcoming issues of soundness and factual correction. The majority of these modifications were reflective of the Action Points identified through the examination process to date.
In accordance with planning legislation, the issuing of the Inspectors reports brings the examination of both Plans to a close.
The Council is now obliged to take the relevant steps towards adopting both Plans in accordance with the Inspectors recommendations and conclusions. This will involve the formal integration of the proposed modifications as outlined in the Inspectors reports.
It is expected that a report recommending the adoption of both Plan will be presented to meetings of the Councils Cabinet and Full Council on the 28th November and 5th of December respectively.
Assuming both Plans are formally adopted as recommended then the Council will publish its formal adoption notice. This will trigger a 6 week period within which time the Plan may be subject to formal legal challenge.
All inquiries relating to the adoption of the Plan or potential legal challenge should be sent
Planning and Housing Policy Team
Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Documents available to view
The Inspector’s Reports are available for public inspection free of charge on the Council’s website via the following link: www.coventry.gov.uk/localplan and at the locations set out below: