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Hook Parish Council’s response to the final consultation on the Hart Local Plan

The deadline (26/03/2018) for the final Consultation on the Hart Local Plan has now passed.  Hook Parish Council provided a response to the plan, prior to the deadline.  It can be viewed here HPC response to Hart Local Plan Strategy & Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Verison1

In this final consultation, objections will only be considered by the Inspectorate if they make clear that the plan, or part of the plan is inadequate in regards to “legal compliance” and “soundness” of the Local Plan.

This means, in preparing the Local Plan:

  • Has the Council followed the correct procedures?
  • Has the Council complied with the Duty to Cooperate?
  • Does the Plan meet the “tests of soundness” set out below:

Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;

Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;

Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities;

Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The comments made on the Proposed Submission Plan will be sent to the Secretary of State along with the ‘Submission’ Local Plan and all supporting evidence. The Local Plan will then be examined by an independent planning inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. The examination is likely to involve public hearings.

The Inspector may conclude that the Plan is sound (with or without further changes) or that it is unsound. If significant changes are needed to make the plan sound these will be subject to further consultation.

It is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted towards the end of 2018.

The latest timetable is set out in the Local Development Scheme, available at https://www.hart.gov.uk/Emerging-planning-policy-guidance