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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Local Plan Examination

Welcome to the examination home page for the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan.

All updates about the Local Plan examination process, timetable and available information will be made available via this page.


Key Information and Links

Inspector Matthew Birkinshaw BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination into the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan to determine whether it is sound.

  • Examination Library –  documents, statements and other correspondence issued after submission on 21 December 2017. 

  • Core Document and Evidence Base Library – December 2017 - documents, plans, strategies and evidence that informed the Local Plan up to submission on 21 December 2017.

  • Publication Draft Local Plan  and Addendum - as available during consultation between 25 September and 6 November 2017. 

  • Hearing Statements (link to be added shortly) - further written representations received in advance of the EiP Hearings.

  • General information and advice from the Planning Inspectorate about Local Plans and the examination process is available from the GOV.UK website, Planning System – Local Plans  

Examination News and Updates

Correspondence and updates relating to the examination can be viewed below in reverse chronological order: 

  • 5 June 2018:  Durham County Council has submitted a letter to the examination regarding the Durham County Plan (EX/OTH/1) and Stockton Borough Council’s response is document EX/SBC/26.

    Stockton Borough Council have also submitted a draft addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal in relation to alternative housing requirements (document EX SBC 29)

  • 1 June 2018: The Inspector has published the final version of the hearing programme - EX/INS/8 in the examination library. 

  • 25 May 2018: A series of Statements of Common Ground between the Council and other parties have been uploaded and are available to view in the Council’s section of the Examination Library (access via link above).  Also uploaded is additional evidence submitted by the Council in relation to their housing trajectory and highways evidence. 
  • 24 May 2018: The deadline for the receipt of hearing statements was 22 May 2018.  All statements received are now available to view in the 'Hearing Statements' section of the Examination Library, which may be accessed by using the link above.

  • 14 May 2018: Further to the Council’s response to the Inspector’s Initial Questions (EX/INS/1) an updated Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) and supporting documentation have been submitted and are now available to view on the examination webpage (EX/SBC 13, EX/SBC/14 and EX/SBC/15).  Where necessary participants are invited to submit Addendum Hearing Statements in response to the updated SFRA by Wednesday 30 May.  All other Hearing Statements should be received by Tuesday 22 May in accordance with the timetable set out in the Examination Guidance Note (EX/INS/4).

     A revised version of the draft hearing programme is also available (EX/INS/7)

  • 1 May 2018:  The Programme Officer has sent out an email acknowledging receipt of requests to participate in the upcoming hearings into the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan or changes to the draft-hearing programme. Due to unforeseen circumstances the revised draft-hearing programme, which takes account of any changes, will not be published until mid-May when it will be uploaded to this page and emailed to all those attending. Confirmation is also given that the deadline for receipt of the Hearing Statements is 22 May 2018.

  • 10 April 2018: The Inspector has published his Matters, Issues and Questions, Examination Guidance Note and Examination Hearing Programme. Hearing Statements should be produced in accordance with the Guidance Notes.  The deadline for receipt of the Hearing Statements is 22 May 2018.

    Notification is also given that the hearings will commence at 10am on 5 June 2018 in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite at Stockton Central Library. Further details about the hearings and venue (and how to get there) can be found in the Guidance Notes.

  • 23 January 2018 – The Council has responded to the Inspector’s Initial Questions, which are available to view via the ‘Examination Library’ link above (documents EX/SBC/1, EX/SBC/2 and EX/SBC/3)

  • 15 January 2018: The Inspector has issued his initial questions for the examination which are available to view via the ‘Examination Library’ link above (document EX/INS/1)

  • 2 January 2018: A formal letter was received from the Planning Inspectorate advising that in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) the Secretary of State had appointed Inspector Matthew Birkinshaw BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct the examination to determine whether the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan is sound.