Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation

Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation 4 January to 15 February 2023

Following the Local Plan Examination hearing sessions held between 2017 and 2021, the Inspector has stated that consultation on the Main Modifications can proceed.

The proposed Main Modifications ensure that the policies set out in the Local Plan and examined by the Inspector are sound.

A schedule of Main Modifications to the plan has been prepared by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

We are now consulting on these Main Modifications and several supporting documents:

What the consultation covers

The Inspector will need to know whether the Council has met the legal requirements for the preparation of the Plan and whether it meets the "tests of soundness" which are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The tests of soundness are:

  • Positively prepared – is the Plan based on a strategy that meets the objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements?
  • Justified – is the Plan the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence?
  • Effective – is the Plan deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities? and
  • Consistent with national policy – does the Plan enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework?

Consultation comments can only be made in the context of these issues as this is what the Inspector will consider in preparing their report.

Take part in the consultation

To take part view the consultation documents and submit your comments online using the link below before 5pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023.

Take part in the consultation online

Details of alternative ways to take part in the consultation are included in our Frequently Asked Questions 

Next Steps

Once the consultation closes:

  • All comments received relating to the Main Modifications will be taken into account by the Inspector.
  • The Inspector will consider whether the proposed Main Modifications and any further amendments are necessary.
  • The Inspector will write a report concluding whether the Draft Local Plan has met the legal requirements and “tests of soundness”.

Based on the Inspector’s findings, the Council will then make a decision on whether to adopt the Draft Local Plan.