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Local Plan Review (2016-2036) examination

Submission of the Local Plan review 2016-2036

The Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 29 March 2022, in accordance with Regulation 22.

Further information about the examination process can be found here. This page includes the Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations which provides detailed practical advice and Guidance for Programme Officers.

Latest Examination News

The Hearing part of the Examination into the King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Local Plan Review will open on Tuesday 6 December 2022. The Hearing will run over a series of sessions between 6-8 December 2022, and 10-12 and 25-26 January 2023. The Hearing sessions will take place face-to-face at the South Lynn Community Centre, 10 St Michael’s Road, King’s Lynn PE10 5HE.

The latest Hearing Programme with a list of confirmed participants [G8] is available here. Agendas for the first week of the Hearing have also been issued by the Inspectors, and are available (via the following links): Agenda for 6 December 2022 [G9], Agenda for 7 December [G10], and Agenda for 8 December [G11].

Further details of the Hearing programme, guidance on how to participate and the questions to be discussed during the first week of the Hearing are contained in the Inspectors’ Examination Guidance Note [G2], and the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) - Part 1 [G3], which are available via these links and in the Examination Library. Any questions about the Examination and Hearing that are not addressed in the Guidance Note should be directed to the Programme Officer.

Further information about the progress of the Examination will be posted on the Latest examination news page.

Examination Library

Examination documents are available to download/view through the Examination Library index and from the links below. As the Local Plan examination progresses, other examination documents will be added to the relevant page(s), as necessary.

Other information regarding the Local Plan Review is available on our Local Plan Review (2016 to 2036) page.

Planning Inspector

Planning Inspectors Karen Baker DipTP MA DipMP MRTPI and Mike Hayden BSc DipTP MRTPI have been appointed by the Secretary of State, to conduct the independent Examination of the Local Plan Review. The Inspectors' task is to consider whether the Council has complied with the legal requirements in preparing the Local Plan Review and whether the submitted Plan is sound, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (the Framework).

The Inspectors will take into account the representations made in response to the Regulation 19 consultation on the Plan (August September 2021), as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. It is likely that a Hearing will take place to discuss the principal matters of soundness identified by the Inspectors, in the form of a series of informal round table discussions. Further details of any Hearing sessions will be notified and added to the website in due course.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations. It is likely to include main modifications to the Plan to make it sound or legally compliant.

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Annette Feeney, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspectors, Council and Representors.

She 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 examination documents will also be submitted through the Programme Officer.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspectors should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:
Annette Feeney
Programme Officer c/o
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
King’s Court Chapel Street
King’s Lynn
PE30 1EX
Mobile: 07775 771026
Email: annette.feeney@west-norfolk.gov.uk