Modifications consultation

Following four stages of Local Plan Examination hearings the Council received notification from the Planning Inspector that a number of changes to the plan, known as ‘Main Modifications’, were considered necessary to address issues of soundness.

The proposed Main Modifications included additional allocations, deleting some previous allocations and changes to the wording of some policies.

These modifications were put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the Plan and, following the close of the consultation, the representations were passed to the Inspector before publication of her final report.

The changes are set out in the following documents:

  • Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications - including Annex 1 Proposed Main Modifications Policies Map Changes and Annex 2 Examination Consultation Omission Sites)
  • Proposed Main Modifications Sustainability Appraisal
  • Proposed Main Modifications Habitats Regulations Assessment

The consultation ran from 10am Friday 13th July to 5pm Tuesday 28th August 2018

The consultation sought views on the proposed main modifications (including any related map changes); the proposed omission of sites identified for housing and safeguarded land during the Examination Consultation; and the associated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Supporting Documents

The Council also took the opportunity to publish some ‘Additional Changes’ to the text of the Local Plan to provide minor updates and clarification, as well as provide a Main Modifications version of the Local Plan showing what the Local Plan would look like if all the Main Modifications and Additional Changes were made.  The Additional Changes document includes minor changes to the Policies Map. The additional changes do not impact on the intent or interpretation of the policies of the plan or go to the heart of whether a plan is 'sound' or not. 

These documents did not formally form part of the modifications consultation but were provided for completeness.

If you need any further information relating to this consultation please contact the programme officer via email

Reference Examination Consultation Document

Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications, including Annex 1 - Main Modification Map Changes and Annex 2 - Examination Consultation Omission Sites

MC2 Proposed Main Modifications Sustainability Appraisal
MC3 Proposed Main Modifications Habitat Regulations Assessment
MC4 Schedule of Proposed Additional Changes, including Annex 1 Proposed Additional Map Changes
MC5 Proposed Main Modifications Version of the Local Plan document (with all Main Modifications and Additional Changes added)
MC6 Proposed Main Modifications Guidance Notes
MC7 Proposed Main Modifications Comments Form

Proposed Main Modifications Statement of Representations Procedure


Proposed Main Modifications Housing Trajectory Update
MC9 Addendum - Schedule of Sites with Planning Permission for Less than 10 Dwellings 


Proposed Main Modifications Consultation - Resultant General Representations


Please note that any comments you make will be made publically available and attributed to your name.  Please see the Council’s Privacy Notice for details of how we use your information.  We are required to share your information with the Planning Inspector for the purposes of the Examination.