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We are consulting on the Main Modifications to the Submitted Local Plan for the District that are necessary in the Local Plan Inspector’s judgement to make the Plan legally compliant and sound.

We finished preparing our new Local Plan in April 2018 and following consultation in May and June, we submitted our Local Plan to the Government in August 2018. Following submission, Inspector Karen Baker DIPTP MA DIPMP MRTPI was appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent Examination of the Local Plan for Bolsover District.

As part of the Examination, the Inspector held Hearing Sessions between Tuesday 21 January and Wednesday 6 February 2019 with an additional and final session on Tuesday 12 March. Following the hearings, the Inspector has now identified a number of Main Modifications to rectify issues of legal compliance and/or soundness with the Local Plan.

The Inspector is now inviting representations on the proposed Main Modifications and will take into account any comments received in relation to the supporting documents. Any representation made about the proposed Main Modifications should address the effect on the Plan’s soundness or legal compliance. However, it is not an opportunity to re-state points previously made, to raise new representations to the submitted Local Plan or to seek further changes to the Plan.

Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “We are pleased to have reached this advanced stage of the Examination and look forward to receiving the Inspector’s concluding report after her consideration of the comments received during this consultation.

“We have prioritised getting our new Local Plan in place so that we can provide certainty about where growth will take place to our communities, infrastructure providers and the development industry. Once adopted, the Local Plan for Bolsover District will provide a clear blueprint for how our District will grow and develop for the next fifteen years.”

We have written to all those individuals and organisations who have previously registered for updates on the Local Plan for Bolsover District to notify them of the Inspector’s judgement on the Main Modifications that are necessary to make the Local Plan legally compliant and sound.

The consultation will run for a six-week period until Monday 22 July 2019. All comments received will be sent to the Inspector for her consideration.

Copies of the Main Modifications and accompanying documents, including the comment response forms are available to view on our websitee and at the Council’s offices and local libraries. The Main Modifications should be read in conjunction with the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District (May 2018), which will also be available at the Council offices and libraries.

Following this stage, the Inspector will submit her report to the Council. There is no set time period for this but practice indicates this can take on average around three-months, although the Inspector will endeavour to submit it as soon as practically possible. Following a period of fact-checking, we will be obliged by the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 to publish the Inspector’s Report as soon as reasonable practicable.

We will then prepare the Local Plan for adoption, implementing the recommendations set out in the Inspector’s Report.

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