Dartford Borough Local Plan Examination

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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.

The Inspector:

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.

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process.  Procedural Guidance for Local Plans has also been produced by the Planning Inspectorate.

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.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
Programme Officer
PO Box 241
Droitwich
WR9 1DW

Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: idkemp@icloud.com

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

Written Statements

The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions for Stage 1:

WS1-1 Dartford Borough Council Written Statement Issue 1 

WS1-2 Dartford Borough Council Written Statement Issue 2 

WS1-3 Ruston Planning for Mr Chambers Written Statement*

WS1-4 Savills for Countryside Properties Written Statement*

WS1-5 Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Written Statement*

WS1-6 Environment Agency Written Statement*

WS1-7 Home Builders Federation Written Statement*

WS1-8 Barton Willmore now Stantec for Storefield Group Written Statement*

WS1-9 Turley for Taylor Wimpey Written Statement*

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.

Representations Received:

The representations received on the Publication Local Plan can be viewed on the Local Plan Representations webpage.

Examination Documents:

The following documents have been submitted during the Examination process:

EXAM 1 DBC Section 20(7c) Modifications Request Jan 2022

EXAM 2 Inspector’s Initial Questions for Dartford Borough Council Jan 2022 

EXAM 3 Inspector’s Initial Questions 2 – 7, Duty to Cooperate: DBC Response (Paper A)

EXAM 4 Inspector’s Initial Questions 8 – 13, Approach to Allocations: DBC Response (Paper B)

EXAM 5 Inspector’s Initial Questions 14-18, Housing Requirements and Plan Period: DBC Response (Paper C)

EXAM 6 Inspector's Initial Questions 19-23, Gypsies and Travellers: DBC Response (Paper D)

EXAM 7 Inspector’s Initial Questions 24- 25, London Resort: DBC Response (Paper E)

EXAM 7A Inspector’s Initial Question 26, London Resort: DBC Response and Appendices (Paper E supplementary)

EXAM 8 Inspector’s Initial Questions 27-29, Transport: DBC Response (Paper F)

EXAM 9 Inspector’s Initial Questions 30-31, Economic Development: DBC Response (Paper G)

EXAM 10 Matters Issues and Questions Stage 1

EXAM 11 Draft Programme for Stage 1 v3 as at 06.06.2022

EXAM 12 Guidance Note

EXAM 13 Matter 1 DBC Local Development Scheme 2018

EXAM 14 Matter 1 DBC Local Development Scheme 2015

EXAM 15 Dartford Borough Council Opening Statement