Updates about the Local Plan Examination process, hearing dates and venues and other relevant information.

In accordance with regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (As Amended) Basildon Borough Council submitted the Basildon Borough Local Plan 2014 -2034 to the Secretary of State on 28 March 2019 for examination.

The Inspector

Paul Griffiths (BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the Planning Inspector for the examination of the Basildon Borough Local Plan 2014 - 2034.

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan. The Inspector will also consider whether the Local Plan meets the requisite legal and procedural requirements. In order to do so, the Inspector will assess the Local Plan, the evidence base on which it was created, as well as all of the representations submitted during the public consultations.

The Programme Officer

We have appointed a Programme Officer, an independent officer who will organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination.

Our Programme Officer is Andrea Copsey.  

For any queries about the Local Plan Examination, you can contact Andrea as follows:

By phone: 07842 643988

By email: copseyandrea@gmail.com

In writing: Basildon Examination, PO Box 12607, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 9GN

Examination Documents

The list of examination documents is available to view or download below. 

Icon for pdf Basildon Borough Council Local Plan Examination Documents List [145.31KB]

To view or download the documents , please follow the links below.

Local Plan Examination - Submission Documents 

Local Plan Examination - Submission Supporting Documents

Local Plan Examination - Evidence Base

Post Submission Examination Documents

Examination News and Updates

All updates about the Local Plan Examination process, hearing dates and venues and other relevant information will be made available below.

June 2020 Update (2)

On the 22 June 2020, the Council wrote to the Inspector regarding the current position with the Revised Publication Local Plan (RPLP) Examination and our proposed way forward with regard to the ongoing Basildon town centre masterplan consultation. We consider that the draft Basildon town centre master plan is currently best used as an addition to our evidence base for the RPLP, and it would be sensible for this emerging masterplan to be incorporated into the Local Plan.

All correspondence letters can be viewed at Local Plan Examination - Correspondence.

June 2020 Update (1)

Planning Policy Officers are continuing to work on various transport and air quality matters for the Basildon Local Plan examination.  Statements of common ground are also being prepared with organisations including the statutory authorities and developers.  The hearings for the Local Plan examination are not expected to take place now until Autumn 2020 at the earliest.

February 2020 Update

On the 7 February 2020, the Council wrote to the Inspector regarding the progress the Council has made in addressing the requirements of the Air Quality Direction issued by Defra, and to advise how the transport evidence for the Local Plan has been updated in light of the air quality challenge, and other matters arising. The letter requested that, on the basis of the progress made, and in agreement with those at Essex County Council and Essex Highways working on the Air Quality Direction, we proceed towards establishing a programme for examination of the Basildon Borough Revised Publication Local Plan.

All correspondence letters can be viewed on the Local Plan Examination - Correspondence page.

November 2019 Update

On the 6 November 2019, the Council was advised by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that no decisions would be issued in respect of the information provided in accordance with the Ministerial Direction on Air Quality until January 2020. A letter requesting a further pause in the Examination in Public of the Local Plan, until those decisions were issued, was therefore sent to the Inspector on the 8 November 2019. The Inspector responded via the Programme Officer in respect of this request indicating he is content to further pause the examination until 31 January 2020.

All correspondence letters can be viewed on the Local Plan Examination - Correspondence page.

July 2019 Update

On the 18 June 2019, the Council received a Direction from the Minister for the Environment requiring it to improve air quality in locations around the A127 in the shortest possible time consistent with the requirements of the European Air Quality Directive. On the 27 June 2019, the Council agreed to ask the Planning Inspectorate and the appointed Inspector for a short suspension of the Local Plan Examination in Public to investigate any implications this Direction may have for the Local Plan. View Ministerial Direction and associated Council Decision

A letter requesting this suspension was sent to the Inspector on the 28 June 2019. The Inspector responded as follows to the Programme Officer in respect of this request:

"Thank you for your letter of 28 June 2019. In the circumstances, I am content to defer the Examination for three months, as you suggest, but I would be grateful if you could confirm the main requirements of the Direction, and give an indication of the potential impacts you consider the Direction might have on the Plan's sustainable development strategy which you are currently considering".

The Council responded to the Inspectors request for additional information on the 24 July 2019, and it is not now anticipated that the hearing sessions for the Local Plan Examination will take place before the end of 2019.