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Examination Details

The Stevenage Borough Local Plan (2011-2031) was submitted to the Secretary of State on 21 July, 2016 for independent examination, and Inspector Louise Crosby MA,  MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the examination of our Local Plan.

Her task is to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).

Our plan should be:

  • Positively prepared: it should be based on a strategy that looks at meeting objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes, where reasonable to do so,  those unmet by our neighbours. It should also be consistent with achieving sustainable development.
  • Justified: it should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
  • Effective: it should be deliverable and based on effective joint working with partners and neighbours; and
  • Consistent with national policy: it should enable the delivery of sustainable development set out by national policy.

The Inspector  will also consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate and meets the legal and procedural requirements.

Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer.

She's an independent officer of the examination and works on the inspectors behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.

Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the inspector should be sent to:

Louise St John Howe
Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

You can also contact her by emailing or calling 07789 486419.