East Cambridgeshire District Council submitted its Local Plan Single Issue Review (SIR) to the Secretary of State on 19 July 2022 and the examination process has now started. This webpage will be the home for all matters associated with the examination and will continue to be updated with the latest news and information throughout the process.
The hearing sessions were held in-person at The Council Chambers, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4EE on Tuesday 8 November. The hearings were presided over by the appointed Inspector Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI. Matter 1, 2 and Other Matters were discussed and the hearing sessions closed at 5pm. The Inspector is currently considering the points raised during the hearing sessions and further updates will be uploaded to this site in due course.
View documents relating to the Hearing below:
- Inspector's Guidance Note
- Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs)
- Provisional Hearing Programme v2
- Hearing Sessions Agenda
19 July 2022: East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) has submitted its Local Plan Single Issue Review (SIR) to the Secretary of State.
25 July 2022: Inspector P Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has now been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent examination of the Plan (see document EX.INS01 below). The Inspector is currently appraising the Plan, the associated evidence and the representations submitted at the Regulation 19 stage. In the next few weeks the Inspector will prepare his Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) for discussion at the hearings, a guidance note for participants and a provisional hearing programme. These will be uploaded to this page.
23 August 2022: Inspector raises some initial questions and matters for the attention of ECDC (see document EX.INS02 below).
7 September 2022: ECDC responds to the Inspectors initial questions (see document EX.LA03, EX.LA03(A) and EX.LA04).
14 September 2022: Supporting documents uploaded (see document EX.LA05 - Greater Cambridge Local Plan, First Proposals Duty to Cooperate Compliance Statement (August 2021) and EX.LA06 - Housing Needs of Specific Groups - Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk below).
23 September 2022: The Inspector has published his Guidance Notes, MIQs and Provisional Hearing Programme for the scheduled hearing sessions opening on Tuesday 8 November. These documents are viewable in the Examination Documents table below along with the Notice sent to parties that made representations during the earlier Regulation 19 consultation stage (see items EX.PO01, EX.INS03, EX.INS04, EX.INS05 below). The Inspectors Guidance Note explains the procedures which will be followed during the examination and arrangements for the submitting of pre-hearing statements. The MIQs identify the main issues of soundness and legal compliance which will the examination will focus on and the Provisional Programme sets out the dates and times for the hearings. Please note that the Provisional Programme is subject to change and any updates to the programme wil be published on this page.
7 October 2022: Deadline for Representors to advise the Programme Officer of their intention to attend Hearings.
28 October 2022: Deadline for Representors to submit Hearing Statements. The submitted statements are now viewable below.
3 November 2022: A new provisional programme for the Hearing Sessions has been published to reflect an earlier start time for discussion on Matter 2. This also includes a list of participants. Please refer to the v2 programme above or in the examination library below.
4 November 2022: The Agenda for the Hearing Sessions has now been prepared by the Inspector and is available to view above and in the examination library below.
8 November 2022: The Hearing Sessions open with in person discussions on Matters 1 and 2 as well as Other Matters. Hearing sessions closed at 5pm.
The Programme Officer, Emily Howard, is the main point of contact for anyone who has an interest in the examination process.
The Programme Officer acts as the liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representers and organises and manages the administrative side of the process.
If you have any queries or wish to raise a matter with the Inspector or queries regarding the Hearings, please contact the Programme Officer using the details below.
If you require accessible documents contact:
Email: East Cambs District Council Programme Officer
Phone: 01353 616382
Address: East Cambridgeshire Local Plan Programme Officer, c/o East Cambridgeshire District Council, Room 12, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE
More information about the Local Plan examination
|Strategic Housing Market Assessment: Housing Needs of Specific Groups - Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk (October 2021)|
|Letter to Representors: Notice of Examination Hearings (23 September 2022)|
|Inspector's Guidance Note (23 September 2022)|
|Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (23 September 2022)|
|Provisional Hearing Programme (23 September 2022)|
|Provisional Hearing Programme v2 (3 November 2022)|
|Hearing Sessions Agenda (4 November 2022)|
|EX.LA07||Local Authority's Opening Statement - Examination hearings (8 November 2022)|
|Historic England||EX.HS01.R07||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Historic England|
|Home Builders Federation||EX.HS03.R12||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Home Builders Federation|
|Land Promoters & Developers Federation||EX.HS04.R15||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Land Promoters & Developers Federation|
|Deloitte for Church Commissioners for England|
|Armstrong Rigg Planning for Castlemore Homes||EX.HS06.R21||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Armstrong Rigg Planning for Castlemore Homes|
|CODE Development Planners for Bennett Homes||EX.HS07.R24||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - CODE Development Planners for Bennett Homes|
|RPS for Abbey Properties|
|Stantec for L&Q Estates and Hill Residential|
|Turley for Pigeon Investments||EX.HS10.R32||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Turley for Pigeon Investments|
|Savilles for Manor Oak Homes||EX.HS10.R33||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Savilles for Manor Oak Homes|
|East Cambridgeshire District Council|
|Strutt and Parker for Turnstone Estates||EX.HS12.P01||Matter 2 - Hearing Statement - Strutt and Parker for Turnstone Estates|
If you require any of the above documents in an accessible format, please email the Programme Officer.