The Places for Everyone Modifications Consultation is now closed.
In due course the representations received will be forwarded to the Inspectors along with a report listing all of the duly made representations, a summary of the main issues raised, and a brief response to those main issues.
The Inspectors will consider the representations made before finalising their examination report. Further hearing sessions will not usually be held, unless the Inspectors consider them essential to deal with substantial issues raised in the representations, or to ensure fairness.
The GMCA submitted Places for Everyone for examination on 14 February 2022. Independent Inspectors were appointed and examination hearings were held between 1 November 2022 and 5 July 2023.
GMCA, on behalf of the nine local planning authorities, asked the Inspectors to recommend the modifications that are necessary to make Places for Everyone sound and legally compliant.
The 'Main Modifications' that have emerged through the examination process are the basis for the consultation. It is normal for the outcome of a local plan examination to be that Inspectors recommend main modifications.
In Inspectors Note 39 (IN39) (link to external webpage), the Inspectors state that they are satisfied at this stage of the examination that all of the proposed main modifications to Places for Everyone are necessary to make the Plan sound and/or legally compliant.
Whilst there are many proposed Main Modifications, including amending the plan period from 2020 to 2037 to 2022 to 2039, the vision and ambition across the nine Districts remain.
A Main Modifications Schedule, Schedule of Policies Map Changes and Composite Plan have all been prepared. A Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Main Modifications have been carried out.
These are all the subject of this consultation and comments are invited on them.
In addition to the Main Modifications and related policies map changes, a schedule of additional modifications has also been prepared and is subject to consultation alongside the Main Modifications.
These additional modifications are changes which do not materially affect the policies in the Plan. They do not fall within the scope of the examination and therefore the Inspectors will not be considering comments on them. Instead, the nine PfE authorities will consider comments relating to the additional modifications.
At this point in time, we are asking for your views on the proposed modifications to the Plan.
The consultation on the modifications will run for 8 weeks and representations are invited between 11 October 2023 and 6 December 2023.
Before you respond we advise you to read the pages below which include the consultation documents and information about how to respond.