Local Plan Examination

Our Local Plan was submitted for examination on 15 May 2017. 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).

The Inspector will consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the (2012) 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 Planning Inspectorate has a short guide to Local Plan Examinations.

Further Main Modifications Consultation 2023

Consultation on the Inspector issued schedule of proposed Further Main Modifications to the draft Local Plan closed on 30 July 2023.

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Main Modifications Consultation 2023

The Council consulted on Main Modifications for the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan. The consultation closed on 15 February 2023.

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Local Plan hearing sessions

View and find out more information about the latest hearing sessions.

Latest hearing sessions

Programme Officer - Louise St John Howe

Louise St John Howe 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 her at the details below.

Address: Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

Telephone: 07789 486 419