Local Plan 2033 examination

​​​​​​The new borough-wide local plan 2033, known as LP33, will be the key strategic planning document used to direct and guide development in the borough up to 2033. Our aim is to make sure that the right amount of development is built in the right place at the right time so that the future needs of the borough are met.

On 23 January 2019, Hackney's Local Plan 2033 was submitted to the planning inspectorate for examination. The submission documents and supporting documents, including summaries of the responses received during the consultation are available to view on this page.

    Planning Inspector

    The Secretary of State has appointed Mrs Yvonne Wright BSc (Hons) DipT&CP DMS MSc MRTPI to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of London Borough of Hackney's Local Plan 2033 (LP33).

    Programme Officer

    Mr Joshua Bwire has been appointed as the programme officer for the examination. He will organise the administration of the examination, liaise with the planning inspector and is your first point of contact for any matters related to the examination. Contact: Joshua Bwire, Local Plan 2033 Programme Officer, 2 Hillman Street, Hackney E8 1FB. Tel: 020 8356 6099. Email: lp33.po@gmail.com.

    Updates from the Inspector

    The examination hearing sessions start at 10am on Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Committee Room 102, Hackney Town Hall. All other sessions will start at either 9.30am or 2pm each day.

    The following documents are now available:

    Examination documents

    The Inspector is in early stages of reading through the submitted Local Plan documentation and carrying out preparations for the Examination. She has however written to the Council at this early stage to outline a couple of initial queries as set out in the letter attached:

    Further information on the examination process and key dates will be available in due course.

    The Council's response to Inspector's initial queries

    Written statements

    The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs):

    Matter 1

    Matter 2

    Matter 3

    Matter 4

    Matter 5

    Matter 6

    Matter 7

    Matter 8

    Matter 9

    Outstanding matters

    Statements of common ground

    The Council have submitted the following Statements of Common Ground following dialogue with various parties:

    Core submission documents

    Evidence base

    Protecting and enhancing heritage and leading the way in good urban design

    Hackney's people

    Meeting Hackney's housing need

    A strong and competitive economy which benefits all

    Planning for a vibrant town centre

    Improving accessing and promoting sustainable transport

    Hackney green and public spaces

    Climate change

    Additional evidence

    Additional Evidence post Inspector's MIQs

    Viewing paper copies of the documents

    Copies of the proposed submission local plan, policies map, integrated impact assessment and LP33 consultation statement, and access to the supporting documents, are available at the times and locations detailed in the statement of fact [pdf, 89.83KB].

    What happens next?

    The planning inspectorate will appoint an independent planning inspector, to examine the plan and make recommendations on whether it can be adopted by the Council. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, published 2018, says that the previous NPPF, published 2012, will apply for the purpose of examining plans submitted on or before 24 January 2019.

    The planning inspector, will examine the way in which it has been prepared ensuring it complies with procedural requirements and legislation. The NPPF (2012) says that local plans examinations will assess whether a plan is 'sound', that is if they are:

    • positively prepared - the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which 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
    • justified - the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence
    • effective - the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities
    • consistent with national policy - the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework

    As part of the examination the planning inspector may decide to hold hearings - these are public meetings on specific topics based on the documents submitted by the local planning authority and the consultation responses submitted at the draft stage. As part of this the planning inspector may request additional information by set deadlines. Details of these requests of information and any hearings will be published and the programme officer will notify all participants.

    This page will be updated during the examination process with further details.

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