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The LDP Examination

Current position on Swansea LDP Examination and core examination documents and evidence base.

Please see Examination Documents section for documents and correspondence prepared and/or submitted relevant to the examination, including Inspectors' requests for additional information and Council's responses.

October 2017:

Planning Inspectors

The Council submitted the Swansea Local Development Plan 2010-2025 (the 'LDP') to the Ministers of the Welsh Government for independent examination on 28 July 2017. Following formal acceptance of the submitted Swansea LDP on 4 August 2017, the Ministers of the Welsh Government have appointed Inspectors Rebecca Phillips BA(Hons) MSc DipM MCIM MRTPI and Paul Selby BEng (Hons) MSc MRTPI  to conduct the independent examination to assess the soundness of the LDP.  Rebecca Phillips has been appointed as the Lead Planning Inspector and Paul Selby as the Assistant Planning Inspector. On completion of the Examination, the Inspector will issue a Report for the Council giving recommendations for action which will be binding on the Council.

Examination process

The first meeting of the Examination will be a  Pre-Hearing Meeting (PHM), which will be held on 13 December 2017.  The purpose of the PHM is to explain and discuss procedural and administrative matters relating to the management of the Examination. The content and merits of the Plan and the representations will not be discussed at the PHM. 

The formal Hearing Sessions of the Examination will consider the content of the Plan and deal with the representations on the Deposit LDP that have been duly made during the public consultation process.  The Hearings will last for around two months during February and March 2018, including a number of breaks.  The specific dates for the full hearings schedule are available to view in the Hearings Programme document.  After the Hearings have been formally closed, the Examination remains open until the Inspector's Report is submitted to the Council. 

Examination timetable

Date of Submission of the LDP: 28 July 2017

Date of Pre-Hearing Meeting: 13 December 2017

Hearings commence: 6 February 2018

Inspector's report anticipated: TBC

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