Site Allocations public examination 2016/17

On Thursday 6 April 2017 we received the Planning Inspector’s final report on the Site Allocations Development Plan Document, following the public hearings process and subsequent Main Modification consultation.

This means that the examination process has now ended and we can take the necessary steps to formally bring the Site Allocations document into effect.

The Inspector

Planning Inspector Louise Crosby (MA MRTPI) has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of our Site Allocations Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:

  1. Positively prepared (based on a strategy that 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);
  2. Justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
  3. Effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
  4. Consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted at both Pre Submission and Focused Change stages as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector - these are known as hearing sessions.

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report with precise recommendations. These recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by us.

Guidance notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer (see below), who will be happy to assist.

 Site Allocations Examination guidance notes (PDF 86KB)

Procedural correspondence

Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to us to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification.

Correspondence between the Inspector and ourselves is exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes the procedural correspondence is published below:

 PC1 - Inspector procedural correspondence re Representations for the Masterplans (PDF 62.5KB)
 PC1a - Dacorum Borough Council response to PC1 (PDF 183KB)
 PC2 - Inspector's initial queries for Dacorum Borough Council (PDF 55.9KB)
 PC2a - Inspector's initial queries for Dacorum Borough Council with our response (PDF 946KB)
 PC3 - Inspector procedural correspondence re Viability Sustainability Appraisal (PDF 63.7KB)
 PC3a Dacorum's response to the Inspector's questions re Sustainability Appraisals and Viability testing (PDF 379KB)
 PC3b - Inspector Procedural Correspondence re Viability Sustainability Appraisal second letter (PDF 64.1KB)
 PC3c - Dacorum's response to Inspector's questions (PDF 547KB)
 PC3d - Inspector Procedural Correspondence re Viability Sustainability Appraisal third letter (PDF 547KB)
 PC4 - Inspector's post hearing note to Dacorum Borough Council regarding LA5 site (PDF 74KB)

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, ourselves and representors.

He is an independent officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.


Ian Kemp
16 Cross Furlong
Droitwich Spa

Telephone: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 07723 009 166

Hearing sessions

Hearing sessions were held between Tuesday 4 October and Thursday 13 October 2016 at the Civic Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1HH.

We will now provide the Inspector with proposed modifications to the Plan, before further consultation on these takes place. (Timescales for this will be announced in due course.)

For more information on the hearings, please see the documents below.

  Hearing Dacorum Borough Council opening statement - RA Jameson (PDF 829KB)
 Hearings Programme (PDF 70KB)
 Matters, Issues and Questions (PDF 80KB)
 Matters, Issues and Questions addendum - Matter 2 Green Belt (PDF 22KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 1 - Matters 1 and 2 (PDF 63KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 2 - Matter 4 (PDF 53KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 3 - AM - Matter 3 (PDF 59KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 3 - PM - Matter 5 (PDF 46KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 4 - AM - Matter 6 (PDF 47KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 5 - AM - Matters 7 and 8 (PDF 43KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 5 - PM - Matter 9 (PDF 43KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 6 - AM - Matter 11 (PDF 44KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 6 - PM - Matters 12, 13 and 15 (PDF 45KB)
 Inspector's Agenda Day 7 - Matters 10 and 14 (PDF 42KB)

Written statements

In response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions the following written statements were received:

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Proposed modifications consultation

A consultation on proposed modifications to the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) was held in early 2017. To view the consultation documents and comments received, please visit our consultation portal.

The Planning Inspector will consider the responses received before finalising and submitting her report to us.

Evidence base documents

In preparing the Plan, we both refer to, and were informed by, a number of documents that together form the evidence base for the Examination. For more information, please visit our Examination library.