Dartford Borough Local Plan Examination
The Council submitted the Pre-Submission (Publication) Dartford Local Plan on 13 December 2021. The submission documents are available on the Local Plan Submission webpage. The representations received on the Publication Local Plan can be viewed on the Local Plan Representations webpage.
Stage 1 Hearing Sessions considering the Duty to Co-operate and other Legal Compliance Matters took place on the 9th and 10th June 2022.
The Inspector will now consider the issues discussed and will be in touch in due course to outline his initial findings.
Planning Inspector, Philip Mileham BA(Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Dartford Local Plan (the Plan).
The Inspector’s task will be to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework) and associated regulations, namely the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Regulation 19 Draft Plan 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.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
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, Council and representors. He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
PO Box 241
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Hearing Sessions and Timetable:
Stage 1 Hearing Sessions considering the Duty to Co-operate and other Legal Compliance Matters took place on the 9th & 10th of June 2022. The Hearings were conducted virtually via Zoom.
Agenda for the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions.
Matters, Issues and Questions for the Stage 1 Hearings.
The final Programme for the Stage 1 Hearings can be viewed here.
The Council's Planning Policy Privacy Statement can be found by clicking this link: https://www.dartford.gov.uk/privacy-notices/planning-policy-1
The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions for Stage 1:
NB * denotes third party documentation that may not meet accessibility requirements.
Submission Documents and Evidence Base:
The submission documents are available on the Local Plan Submission webpage.
The representations received on the Publication Local Plan can be viewed on the Local Plan Representations webpage.
The following documents have been submitted during the Examination process: