At the Special Full Council meeting of 30th July, the Runnymede 2030 Submission Local Plan was endorsed as sound and approved for submission to the Secretary of State alongside the minor modifications schedule. On 31st July in line with the Council's adopted Local Development Scheme, the Runnymede Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State. All submission documents and supporting submission documents can be viewed on the Runnymede 2030 Submission Local Plan page.
The Council has appointed Charlotte Glancy, of Banks Solutions to act as the Programme Officer for the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan. The Programme Officer manages the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and acts as a liaison between the Council, the Inspector and participants in the examination. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer as follows:
Address: c/o Banks Solutions. 80 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1DD
Telephone: 07519 628064 or 01903 776601
The introductory letter from the programme officer can be viewed here:
The covering letter regarding the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions from the programme officer can be viewed here:
Planning Inspector; Ms Mary Travers BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI, has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Runnymede 2030 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 (NPPF). The relevant soundness criteria whether the Plan is:
1 - positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development);
2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
3 - effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
4 - consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector, these are termed Hearing Sessions.
Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Further information and guidance from the Inspector will be available in due course. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Update from the Inspector 1st August 2019:
I have received a letter dated 21 July from Mr John Baker, Point Consultancy (). In response, I wish to clarify that from an early stage in the examination I have kept in mind that there may be a need to make interim findings on any fundamental matters of soundness affecting the Plan. I remain of the view at present that there is no such need. The hearings will resume on 14 November to deal with the outstanding matters on highways. Thereafter, I will reach a view about whether the Plan can be found sound, subject to any necessary modifications, and will let this be known at the earliest possible date. Please also refer to my previous updates that indicate the timescales for the ongoing work on the highways matters and make clear my intention to facilitate the progress of the examination as efficiently and effectively as possible in the interim period.
Update from the Inspector 12 July 2019
It is anticipated that the Stage 3 hearing concerning the implications of the Plan for the Strategic Road Network and the A320 will be held on Thursday 14 November 2019, and 15 November is being set aside as a reserve day in case of any overrun. During the coming months the Council will publish updates about the progress of the work on these issues, including new evidence, as and when available. I will set out my questions on the issues, an agenda for the hearing and a timetable for the submission of any written statements by representors in due course.
In the meantime, and without prejudice to the consideration of, and my conclusions on, the Stage 3 issues, I have asked the Council to prepare a draft schedule of potential main modifications that may be necessary to make the Plan sound. The schedule will be based on the proposed soundness changes to the Plan that were considered at the Stage 1 and Stage 2 hearings and/or formed part of the Council's earlier work as set out in CD_001A. It will be a working document that will assist in preparing a schedule of proposed main modifications for public consultation in due course, and thereby may help to expedite the completion of the examination.
Update from the Inspector 7 June 2019
The Inspector has requested the Council to provide an update on progress of the ongoing work on highways matters that remains to be completed before the examination can be concluded. The Council's update note is published today. In this light, It is clear that the Stage 3 hearing originally scheduled for July should be postponed. Subject to progress with completing the work, it is expected that the Stage 3 hearing will be scheduled around the end of October. Further updates will be published in due course.
Update from the Inspector, 22 March 2019
At my request the Council is publishing today an update note concerning progress of the outstanding work on Highways matters. This is for information only at this stage. As indicated in the timetable set out in the update note, the Stage 3 hearings are provisionally scheduled for the week commencing 15 July. Confirmation of the hearing date(s) will be announced in due course, and further information on Highways and any other matters relating to the examination will be published as soon as it is available.
The hearing sessions will be held in the Council Chamber of the Runnymede Borough Council offices in Addlestone. The Council offices are within walking distance of Addlestone Train Station alternatively, parking is available at the Addlestone One Multi-Storey Car Park.
UPDATE FROM THE INSPECTOR, 8 MARCH 2019
In the light of on-going work by the Council, Surrey County Council and Highways England, I expect that a progress note from the Council will be ready for publication in mid-March. This will include updates about the scope and programming of the work on the SRN and A320 issues and the evidence documents that will be made available over the coming months. It is anticipated that this will provide a firm basis for the scheduling of the Stage 3 hearings during the summer of this year, and the date(s) will be announced as soon as possible.
Update from the Inspector (16th January 2019)
As a result of the amendment to the hearings programme (ID/09 v4) for Tuesday 5 February, the Inspector will invite an update from the Council on the work that is on-going to resolve the concerns of Highways England and will invite any oral comments from participants, including comments on the overall deliverability of the Plan, but supplementary statements from participants are not invited at this stage. The A320 and Strategic Road Network issues will be considered at a date to be confirmed in due course, and representors will be given an opportunity to submit statements on these matters at an appropriate time and to supplement or revise any statements already submitted in this regard, including, where relevant, on the implications for the deliverability of the Plan.
With regard to the remaining items under point 3 of the Matter 3 agenda (ID/07) that the Inspector expects to deal with on 5 February, these are any strategic implications of the proposed provision for SANGS or any other infrastructure proposals, although she considers that these items have been largely covered in the first week of the hearings. In regard to point 4 of the Matter 3 agenda, issues about overall deliverability that have not already been considered in the first week of hearings, apart from the A320 and SRN issues, may be raised at the 5 February session.
The updated programme also makes clear that Question 10.2 of Matter 10 is being deferred for consideration at a later date to be confirmed. There is no need for representors to submit any interim responses to this question at this stage although if they wish to do so, they may update/revise their response at the appropriate time.
Update from the Inspector (15th January 2019)
Version 4 of the Examination Programme and corresponding revisions of the Matters and Questions for weeks 2 and 3 of the hearings have been issued today. These revisions are necessary to enable on-going work by the Council, Surrey County Council and Highways England on the implications of the Plan for the A320 and the Strategic Highway Network to reach an appropriate stage for consideration at a later date in the examination. This date will be confirmed in due course.
Update (9th January 2019)
A revised programme (V3) for the Stage 2 hearings has now been published (9th January 2019), together with revised Matters and Questions for the hearings commencing 5 February (the revision affects Matter 6 only, entailing a new question about Thorpe village). Also, the Matters and Questions for the hearings commencing 19 February have been published. The deadline for submission of any statements for these hearings, which concern Matters 8-11, is 17:30 on Friday 25 January.
It is expected that interim results and conclusions on the work dealing with the transport matters will be available on 11 January. In the light of their progress, the Inspector will consider in due course if any alterations should be made to the programme for the Examination.
Important Change to Hearings Programme for Matter 11
Please note the Inspector has changed the Hearings Programme for Matter 11. Matter 11 will now take place on Wednesday 20th February 2019 directly after Matter 10 in the morning. There will not be any hearings sessions taking place on Thursday 21st February 2019. The Morning session for Matters 10 and 11 on Wednesday 20th February 2019 will begin at 9.30am
Stage 1 hearing sessions commenced on Tuesday 27th November for three days. At the conclusion of the Stage 1 hearings, the Inspector announced that an update about the programme for the Stage 2 hearings would be made available as soon as possible. A revised programme for the Stage 2 hearings has been published today (17/12/18), together with the Matters and Questions for the first week of the Stage 2 hearing sessions. Please note that the first session will deal initially with the outstanding issues that remain to be considered under Matter 3 of the Stage 1 hearings. The deadline for the submission of any written statements for Matters 5-7 as set out in the programme is 17:30 on Friday 18 January at the latest. Please see the Inspector's Guidance Note for further information on the submission of written statements and on the hearings generally. Matters and Questions for the remainder of the Stage 2 programme will be issued in due course.
The following documents have been provided by the Inspector:
The following documents have been provided by the Council:
|RBCLP_03-06 can be found below in the Matter Statements.|
|RBCLP_20-26 can be found below in the Matter Statements.|
|RBCLP_32 can be found below in the Matter Statements|
Local Plan Written Statements
Update from the Inspector 1st August 2019:
I have received a letter dated 21 July from Mr John Baker, Point Consultancy (copy attached). In response, I wish to clarify that from an early stage in the examination I have kept in mind that there may be a need to make interim findings on any fundamental matters of soundness affecting the Plan. I remain of the view at present that there is no such need. The hearings will resume on 14 November to deal with the outstanding matters on highways. Thereafter, I will reach a view about whether the Plan can be found sound, subject to any necessary modifications, and will let this be known at the earliest possible date. Please also refer to my previous updates that indicate the timescales for the ongoing work on the highways matters and make clear my intention to facilitate the progress of the examination as efficiently and effectively as possible in the interim period.