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Examination news and updates

View correspondence and updates relating to the examination as follows:

16 April 2021

Inspector’s Note No. 4 included a final draft list of participants and stated that any queries about that should be made to the Programme Officer by midday on Wednesday 14 April 2021.  The Inspector has considered the queries received by that date and has now finalised the list of participants.  This has now been published as IN4 Annex 3 Revised. 

14 April 2021

The Council’s response to PQ44.1 advised that site specific viability assessments for the Skerningham and Greater Faverdale strategic allocations were being finalised and that, as a minimum, summaries of the assessments would be published within a statement of common ground by the end of March 2021.  The assessments are now expected to be published week commencing 19 April 2021.

09 April 2021

An updated version of the Statement of Common Ground between the Council and Historic England DBC5.1 [pdf document] has been published DBC5.1. It had been identified that the wording of the Council’s proposed main modification to the Blackwell Grange East Housing Allocation Statement (ref 403) in the original version of the Statement published on 1 April [DBC5] was not the same as that in the Council’s published schedule of main modifications [DBC2]. This has been rectified in the update, which also includes additional comments from Historic England relating to the corrected proposed main modification to that allocation statement.

01 April 2021

The Inspector’s note no. 4 (IN4) [pdf document] has been published. This sets out the matters, issues and questions that will help the Inspector decide if the Plan is sound and legally compliant and, if not, how it could be modified to ensure that it is. It also includes advice on submitting written statements in response to the Inspector’s questions, and a final draft hearings programme and lists of participants for each session.

Key dates are:

  • midday on Wednesday 14 April 2021 – deadline for contacting the Programme Officer with any queries about the lists of participants
  • midday on Wednesday 28 April 2021 – deadline for statements for matters 1 to 3
  • midday on Wednesday 5 May 2021 – deadline for statements for matters 4 to 11
    09:30 on Tuesday 25 May 2021 – hearings start

01 April 2021

Statement of Common Ground between Darlington Borough Council and Historic England [pdf document] has now been published.

31 March 2021

The Proposed Policies Map Amendments [pdf document] have now been published.

30 March 2021

The council have now issued the schedules of Main and Minor modifications:

30 March 2021

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) [pdf document] sets out the infrastructure needs to support the development aspirations of the Proposed Submission Local Plan.

It draws together the infrastructure requirements identified in existing pieces of work such as the conclusions of the Highway Modelling Work (SD 66-69), Green Infrastructure Strategy (SD38) etc. as well as reflecting on the consultation work undertaken during the plan preparation process with key utility, healthcare and emergency service providers.

Development of this document has been an iterative process and it will continue to be updated periodically during the plan period.

30 March 2021

The examination hearing sessions are now expected to start on Tuesday 25 May 2021 and to be held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Further information is set out under the heading “Hearings Sessions” below. Inspector’s Note No. 4 will be published in early April. This will set out his matters, issues and questions; dates on which each matter will be discussed; and participants for each session.

30 March 2021

The Council’s response to the Inspector’s Preliminary Questions [pdf document] have now been published.

29 March 2021

Darlington Local Plan Data Sharing Agreement [pdf document]

29 March 2021

The Council’s response to the Inspector’s Preliminary Questions and schedules of proposed main modifications to the Plan and changes to the Policies Map are now expected to be published the week commencing 29 March 2021.

11 March 2021

As requested by the Inspector, the Council has prepared a summary of main issues raised in representations about the Plan, sustainability appraisal and viability assessment in response to regulation 19 consultation, along with officer responses. This has now been published. The responses suggest a number of main modifications to the Plan and some changes to the policies map. These will be published during the week commencing 15 March.

Regulation 19 comments [pdf document]

11 March 2021

Only those who have made valid representations under regulation 20 (for example in response to the Plan published for consultation in August 2020) seeking to change the Plan have a right to participate at a hearing session. The deadline for representors to inform the Programme Officer that they wish to participate was midday on Wednesday 10 March 2021. No further requests to participate should now be made.

03 March 2021

Spatial Distribution of Development Topic Paper [pdf document] added.

25 February 2021

Housing Topic Paper [pdf document] added.

24 February 2021

The Inspector has now published his Preliminary Questions to the Council (IN3) [pdf document].

23 February 2021

The Inspector’s note no.2 (IN2) [pdf document] has now been published. This sets out the provisional list of matters and issues that will be the focus of the examination, and dates on which the hearing sessions are expected to be held. Any representor that wishes to exercise their right to be heard and participate at a hearing session must inform the Programme Officer by midday on Wednesday 10 March 2021.

The Programme officer can be contacted by email [email protected] or by telephone 01325 406656.

19 February 2021

Climate Change Topic Paper [pdf document] added.

18 February 2021

The Inspector has agreed that the following four reports commissioned by the Council can be added to the examination library: 

The Council advises that these are concluding reports following comprehensive traffic modelling that was undertaken throughout the plan preparation process.

Starting in 2018 with a database of initial sites this ran through various models starting with a regional model which then informed the inputs to a borough wide strategic model.

This borough wide model indicated the need to examine three key corridors in more detail in order to demonstrate that the cumulative impacts of the proposed development in the Darlington Local Plan on the road network would not be severe (as required by NPPF Para. 109).

Various scenarios and mitigation options were also tested throughout this iterative process. The Council is proposing no changes to the Plan in response to these concluding reports.

01 February 2021

PDFs of all of the representations made in response to the regulation 19 consultation are available on the Local Plan Publication Representations page.

14 January 2021

The Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note (IN1) [pdf document] was published.