Examination Overview and Details

Local Plan Examination Overview

The Chiltern and South Local Plan was submitted on 26 September 2019. Planning Inspectors Matthew Birkinshaw BA(Hons) MSC MRTPI and David Troy BSc(Hons) MA MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2016 - 2036.

The Independent inspectors' task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (NPPF).

The relevant soundness criteria are:

  1. Positively prepared - the plan should provide a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area's objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development
  2. Justified - the plan should present the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
  3. Effective - the plan should be deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground.
  4. Consistent with national policy - the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.

Next Steps

  • The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspectors which are termed Hearing Sessions.
  • At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, as such a request has been made by the Councils.


Icon for pdf Guidance Note Stage 1 [124.95KB] has been prepared by the Inspectors to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

Programme Officer                   

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, 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.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

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

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
Programme Officer 
PO Box 241 
WR9 1DW 

Tel:  07723 009166    

Email: idkemp@icloud.com  

Following the Inspectors' initial findings on the Duty to Co-operate, the Council requested that a Hearing Session is held. The Inspectors are amenable to holding a Hearing but at this time it is not known when one could take place. The correspondence can be found below.

EXAM 34  Icon for pdf Inspectors' Initial Findings on the Duty to Co-operate [159.61KB]
EXAM 34A Icon for pdf Council's Initial Response to EXAM 34 [476.53KB] 
EXAM 35 Icon for pdf Inspectors' Response to Council's Hearing Request [88.98KB]


Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Stage 1 Hearings Postponed due to Covid-19

The Stage 1 Hearing Sessions due to commence on Tuesday 17 March have been postponed due to Covid-19. The Inspectors have prepared the following note for information. 

Icon for pdf Cancellation of Stage 1 Hearings [84.91KB]

In an effort to progress the Examination the Inspectors have decided to consider Duty to Co-operate matters through written representations. A note explaining the arrangements in this respect together with the relevant agenda and submissions can be found below.

Icon for pdf Note [88.2KB]
Icon for pdf Matter 1 Agenda [82.13KB]

Duty to Co-operate statements received in response to agenda:

1.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Aylesbury Vale District Council1 [51.81KB]
2.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Barton Willmore for Catesby Estates [151.11KB]
3.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Brown Not Green [839.1KB]
4.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Chalfont Heights Road Committee [62.45KB]
5.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Chiltern & South Bucks Councils [1.85MB]
6.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Dennis Elsey [1.86MB]
7.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - David Lock Associates for Tarmac Trading [156.3KB]
8.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - DLP for the Beaconsfield Society [1.03MB]
9.    Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Home Builders Federation [186.8KB]
10.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Lachlan Robertson for Society of Merchant Venturers [73.33KB]
11.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Land & Partners for Various Clients1 [3.82MB]
12.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Slough Borough Council [145.51KB]
13.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Sworders for Curson Rochford LLP [275.79KB]
14.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Troy Planning & Design for Chalfont St Peter PC [6.53MB]
15.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Turley for Woodlands Park Property Ltd [609.22KB]
16.  Icon for pdf DtC Written Statement - Urbana Town Planning for Raans Estates [97.76KB]

Further information will appear here in due course.


The Programme for the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions together with the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions can be found below. Please note that the Programme will be revised once revised dates are in place. Updates will be placed on the website and the Programme Officer will keep participants informed. 

Icon for pdf Hearing Programme Stage 1 [114.75KB]

Icon for pdf Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions Stage 1 [156.29KB]

Agendas for the Stage 1 Examination hearings are below:

Icon for pdf Hearing Agenda Day 1 [82.13KB]
Icon for pdf Hearing Agenda Day 2 [74.7KB]
Icon for pdf Hearing Agenda Day 3 [66.91KB]


Submission Documents
In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.
Local Plan Examination

Written Statements
Written Statements received in response to the Inspectors' Stage 1 Matters, Issues and Questions.
Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan: Stage 1 Written Statements