Our Local Plan has now been submitted for examination.

Local Plan Examination

Our Local Plan was submitted for examination on 15 May 2017 and Melvyn Middleton BA(Econ) DipTP DipMgmt MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan (2013-2032). His task will be 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).

The Stage 2 hearing sessions of the Examination in Public of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan were completed on 26 October 2017. The Inspector set up a meeting with the Council, which was held in the Council Chamber on Friday 27 October, to discuss the next steps in the Examination in Public of the Local Plan. 

Please see our Hearing Sessions page for news on upcoming Hearing Sessions.

View the meeting.


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 


Programme Officer

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

She is 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 louise@poservices.co.uk or calling 07789 486419

Latest News and Updates

Examination Documents

Examination Library (evidence base)

Submission Documents

Stage 1 Hearing Sessions

Stage 2 Hearing Sessions

Joint Session - Birchall Garden Suburb

Regulation 19 Representations


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