Following submission of the Proposed Modifications and consultation responses on 12 May 2017, the Planning Inspectorate has now indicated that the reports for the Local Plan and City Centre AAP have been delayed. This is due to circumstances beyond our control. We now hope to receive the reports in early October for fact checking with final reports published by the end of October. As soon as we have further details regarding specific dates, we will update the website accordingly.
The previous round of consultation focused on the Proposed Modifications to the Local Plan and City Centre Area Action Plan, and finished on the 28 April 2017.
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.
All comments and documents are now with the nominated Inspector. It is now for the Inspector to make a decision about how the Plans proceed from this point on. The Inspector has now indicated that this is likely to lead to a report being issued for the council to consider. Should this report recommend adoption of the Plans the Council will move to adopt them at the earliest opportunity though a formal Cabinet and Council reporting process.
As soon as the next stage is known the Council will update its website and notify all interested parties at the earliest opportunity.
The examination process remains open until such time as the Inspector provides her final report.
All inquiries relating to the examination process should be submitted to the Council Programme Officer – Lisa Albrighton, who has been appointed to support the Inspector during the examination process. All inquiries should, in the first instance, be directed to the Programme Officer via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have any on-going questions or queries relating to either Plan in more general terms though please contact the Planning and Housing Policy team via one of the following methods:
Planning and Housing Policy Team,
Floor 3 - Civic Centre 4
Much Park Street,
The DCLG Local Plan procedural guidance was updated on 23 June 2016 and sets out the role of the Planning Inspectorate at examination as well as other useful information.
Should you wish to view any of the documents included in the examination library these can be found via the links above or are available to view at the Council's examination office. This is situated on the ground floor at Civic Centre 4. Viewings should be arranged with the Programme Officer. Any written correspondence relating to the examination should be submitted to the Programme Officer either via email or to the address set out below:
Ground Floor Civic Centre 4,
Coventry City Council
Much Park Street,