Local Plan Examination

Examination Library, Correspondence and Updates, including Examination Dates and Timetables

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Following the completion of the Examination Hearing Sessions, a schedule of Main Modifications to the Local Plan was published for consultation. The Inspector considers these changes necessary in order for the Local Plan to be found 'sound'.

Representations (comments) were invited in writing on the proposed Modifications from Monday 18th February to 5pm Monday 1st April 2019. (This has now closed)

Representations (comments) were invited in writing following a further six week consultation on main modifications MM18, MM119 and MM148 ONLY from Wednesday 3rd April to 5pm Wednesday 15th May 2019 (This has now closed)

Representations (comments) were invited in writing following an extended six week consultation on main modifications from Thursday 30th May to 5pm Friday 12th July 2019. (This has now closed) This new consultation was necessary as the wording of several modifications was not accurately presented in the corrected version of the Plan that was published. (Documents EX125B, 125B Part 1, EX125B Part 2 and EX125B part 3) and that there were some inconsistencies with and omissions from the Schedule of Main Modifications document (EX 123). As a result the Council has prepared a revised Schedule of Main Modifications (EX 135 and was re-consulted on that Document alone).  

Please note: in the Schedule of Main Modifications (EX135)The 'Reason for Change' under MM17A should refer to MM17 and not MM36

Please note that late representations cannot be taken into consideration by the Inspector or the Council.

In line with the recommendations agreed at Cabinet on the 11th July 2017 and Full Council on the 27th July 2017, the Breckland Local Plan was submitted for examination on 30 November 2017 and Jonathan Manning BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan. His task will be to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our plan should be:

  • Positively prepared: it should be based on a strategy that looks at meeting objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes; where reasonable to do so; those unmet by our neighbours. It should also be consistent with achieving sustainable development

  • Justified: it should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence

  • Effective: it should be deliverable and based on effective joint working with partners and neighbours; and

  • Consistent with national policy: it should enable the delivery of sustainable development set out by national policy 


Breckland District Council have appointed a Programme Officer as the point of contact and to organise and administer the examination process under the guidance of the appointed Inspector. Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the inspector should be sent to:  Preferred method of contact is email.

Charlotte Brennan

Programme Officer

Examination Office

Elizabeth House

Walpole Loke


Norfolk NR19 1EE

E-Mail: programme.officer@breckland.gov.uk

Tel No: 01362 656296

Last updated: 25/07/2019 14:03:59