Submission Updates & Inspector's Documents
30th September 2019
The Northumberland National Park Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State (MHCLG) on 30th September 2019. There will now be an examination process before the plan can be adopted.
1st October 2019
The Secretary of State has appointed Kevin Ward BA(Hons) MRTPI to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan is sound.
7th November 2019
The Inspector has sent through initial queries/comments to the Authority which can be viewed here: Inspector’s Initial Queries to the Authority
14th November 2019
As part of the initial letter the Inspector requested that document NNPA-002 Schedule of Modifications (see Examination Library below) be split into Main and Minor modifications. These new documents are available here (please note the original modification reference numbers within the document have been retained):
NNPA-002a Schedule of Main Modifications
NNPA-002b Schedule of Minor Modifications
15th November 2019
NNPA replied to the Inspector’s initial letter with a response on 15th November 2019. This letter confirmed receipt of the MIQs, Guidance and Timetable. The letter also responded to the Inspector’s queries on the Habitats Regulation Assessment. As a result, a new updated version has been added to the Examination Library below – see NNPA-006a which supersedes NNPA-006.
25th November 2019
The Inspector accepted a request from NNPA to add the Monitoring Report to the Examination Library – see NNPA-099 below.
12th December 2019
NNPA submitted their responses to the Inspector’s MIQs. These can be seen below:
EXMIQ01 – Matter 1 Legal Requirements
EXMIQ02 – Matter 2 Duty to Cooperate
EXMIQ03 – Matter 3 Strategic Policies
EXMIQ04 – Matter 4 Housing
EXMIQ05 – Matter 5 DM Policies
In the Authority’s response (dated 15th Nov ’19) to the Inspector’s initial letter, it was considered that it was inappropriate to undertake an Appropriate Assessment. Natural England were consulted on the revised HRA (NNPA-006a) and concurred with this approach, through a letter, also submitted to the inspector on the 12th December 2019.
13th December 2019
Deadline for submission of statements in response to the Inspector’s MIQs (see below).
The Programme Officer received only one response (in addition to the Authority):