Local Plan Examination


Latest News:

5 July  The Inspector’s final report has now been received and is available on the Post Hearings 2017 including Main Modifications page, under Inspector’s Post-Hearings Matters as IDED49 Inspector’s Report and IDED50 FINAL Schedule of MMs.

15 June 2018 – Responses from the Council to IDED47 have now been added on the Post Hearings 2017 including Main Modifications page.

4 June 2018 – Inspector’s document IDED47 has been added to the Post Hearings 2017 including Main Modifications page

23 April 2018 – the Council have now responded to the Inspector’s issues raised in his correspondence from 9th April 2018, which have been added to the Post Hearings 2017 including Main Modifications page.

10 April 2018 – Update: The final Inspector’s Report is now anticipated in early July 2018.

29 March 2018 – two additional documents have been added to the Arun District Council’s responses section of this page. These documents are identified as ADCED90 and ADCED90A.

23 February 2018 – Local Plan Sub-Committee- An update report has been prepared to supplement a Local Plan Sub-Committee report to be presented on Monday 26 February. The report relates to the Main Modifications Consultation. It can be read here:  Local Plan Consultation Update Report 26 February 2018.pdf [pdf] 167KB

The original report can be viewed on the Local Plan Sub-Committee web page

12 January 2018 Following the resumed Hearing Sessions of the Examination in Public of the Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 (held in September 2017), the Council are now consulting on the Main Modifications. The consultation will run for a period of six weeks closing at 5pm on 23rd February 2018.

Documents published in support of this consultation can be found on the Current Planning Consultations page or Objective Portal.

22 November 2017

Following the publication of the Inspectors ‘Interim Views’ (IEDED42), the Council has published a response to this document ADCED89  Please note that that there were a number of documents that were added to the Examination Library during the hearings or as actions from these as noted in the final column of ADCED89 (the Documents are PELP33b, PESP6 (and Appendices) , PECP10 and SEDP7

11 October 2017

The Inspector’s ‘Interim Views following the Hearings’ (IDED42) have now been added to Inspector’s Documents.  Please scroll down.  No representations on the contents of this note and the Council’s response should be submitted at this stage.  Representations will be invited on Main Modifications once these are published.  This note and the Council’s response will form background documents to the Main Modifications.

3 October 2017

The hearing sessions into the examination of the Arun Local Plan ended on Thursday 28 September 2017.  The Inspector will now consider what he heard at the hearings alongside the representations and other evidence. He will in due course write to the Council setting out any significant issues arising from the hearings and examination so far.  In parallel and without prejudice to his findings on the soundness of the Local Plan he has asked the Council to prepare a composite Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications for him to consider in due course.  Following the close of the hearings no further representations should be submitted to the Programme Officer.  Any that are submitted will be returned.

Hearings – September 2017

Hearings were held between 19 and 28 September 2017. Agendas, statements and documents relating to the hearings can be found under the ‘Hearings 2017’ and ‘Hearing Statements 2017 and Other Documents’ tabs below.

31 August 2017

The Council has received a number of additional questions regarding the Matters and Issues for both Week 1 and 2 of the Examination. Document IDED27: Matter and Issues - Additional Questions on Matters and Issues  Evidence Base August has been added to the Hearings 2017 page - see link below.

24 August 2017

IDED26 Matters and Issues Week 2 has now been added to the Hearings 2017 link button below.  Please note that Week 2 of the hearings will now commence on Monday 25 September and there have been some adjustments to the timetable.

23 August 2017

A new link button has been created below called Hearings 2017 and two new documents have been added to it:  IDED24 Revised Hearings Timetable which communicates the change to week two of the Local Plan Examination and IDED25 Matters and Issues Week 1.  The Matters and Issues for Week 2 of the Local Plan Examination will follow.

IDED22 and IDED23 have now been removed from Inspector’s documents and added to the Hearings 2017 service button.

18 August 2017

Three new documents ADCED48, ADCED49 and ADCED50 have been added to Arun District Council’s responses below.

3 August 2017

Two new documents IDED22 and IDED23 have been added to the Inspector’s documents below.  Please note that timings may change in the second week of hearings to be confirmed shortly but the hearings will commence on Tuesday 19 September.

27 July 2017

Two new documents have been added below.  IDED21 Preliminary Questions re Soundness has been added to Inspector’s documents and ADCED47 has been added to Arun District Council’s responses (in response to Inspector’s documents IDED20).

19 July 2017

A new Inspector has been appointed to continue the examination of the Arun Local Plan.  It is Mr Mark Dakeyne BA(Hons) MRTPI.  He replaces the previously appointed Inspector, Mr Jonathan Bore, who is unavailable due to other work commitments.  Please see below in Inspector’s documents IDED20 for more information.  A document has also been added to Arun District Council’s responses ADCED46 and this is mentioned in the Inspector’s document IDED20.

IDED20 Introductory Letter to Council 18.07.17.pdf [pdf] 216KB

ADCED46 Note on suspension work and changed strategy.pdf [pdf] 186KB

4 July 2017

Following on from the communication below dated 30 May 2017, the consultation responses on Proposed Modifications to the Arun Local Plan can be viewed on the Objective Portal.  Just scroll down to the table at the bottom of the page, click on ‘Arun Local Plan Submission Version – Modifications March 2017’ and click on ‘All Comments’.

A summary report for this consultation went to Local Plan Sub Committee last night and can be viewed on the Local Plan Sub Committee page under the ‘Additional’ tab.

30 May 2017

The Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications to the Arun Local Plan is now closed. It ran from 10 April 2017 until 5pm 30 May 2017. The Local Plan team are collating the responses to send to the Inspector and these will be uploaded on the website in due course.


Local Plan Examination

The Arun District Local Plan 2011-2031 and supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate on 30 January 2015.

The Local Plan 2011-2031 sets out a vision for the future of Arun up to 2031. It sets the planning framework for the district and will detail planning policy and identify the amount of development proposed and where it should be located. It will be used in the consideration of planning applications. The Plan covers the Arun Local Planning Authority Area (LPA). The LPA is Arun District Council administrative area excluding land within the South Downs National Park Authority boundary.

All documents that form part of the Local Plan and Evidence base are located in the Arun Local Plan Examination Library - see links below.  The documents that were previously in the Latest News have now been given a new references related to where they are found in the Examination library. These documents were also listed in Arun District Council’s responses and have now been removed to save duplication. 

All future correspondence relating to the examination should be via the Programme Officer.

To assist the Inspector, an independent Programme Officer, Chris Banks of Banks Solutions, has been appointed to work under the Inspector's direction. The Programme Officer is responsible for organising the programming and all procedural matters.

Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com



31 December 2015: The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector Jonathan Bore to conduct the Examination following the retirement of Inspector Roy Foster. Scroll down to IDED15 for more information.

14 January 2016: The Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN) Hearing took place.  This hearing session formed part of the Council’s outline timetable for the development of the Local Plan, as agreed by the Inspector (see IDED14 below). The purpose of the session was to provide an opportunity for the Inspector to lead discussion and hear views on the Council’s re-advertised OAN for market and affordable housing.

In respect of the OAN, the following supporting documents were published:

Objectively Assessed Needs for Housing Arun District, GL Hearn, March 2015.pdf [pdf] 1MB
Arun District Objectively Assessed Need Summary Paper.pdf [pdf] 248KB

Local Plan Statutory Notice Sept 2015 [pdf] 213KB

The OAN representations can be viewed on the Objective Portal.

2 February 2016: The examination of the Arun Local Plan was formally suspended.  Please refer to Inspector’s Documents IDED18 further down this page for more information.


Arun Local Plan Examination Library

The documents used in the creation of the local plan are available to view by clicking the appropriate link below.

Local Plan Examination 2


Inspector’s documents

IDED22-41 relate to Hearing Agendas and can be found under Hearings 2017
IDED42 Interim Views following Hearings - Oct 2017.pdf [pdf] 173KB

Arun District Council’s responses

Matters, issues and responses can be found on the above service button