Local Plan (in preparation)

Local Plan Examination in Public

Sutton’s Local Plan was submitted for examination on Wednesday 12th April 2017 and Inspector David Smith BA(Hons) DMS MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).

The Sutton Local 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
Programme Officer
Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer.
She is an independent officer of the examination and works on the inspectors behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.


Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the inspector should be sent to:
Louise St John
Howe Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 3BF
You can also contact her by emailing louise@poservices.co.uk or calling 07789 486419.

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