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Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy - Local Plan Examination in Public (EiP)

The Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy - Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 15 March 2013 for independent examination.

Mrs S Turner RIBA MRTPI IHBC BArch MSc was appointed by the Secretary of State as the Planning Inspector to undertake the Core Strategy Examination in Public.

Adoption of the Core Strategy

The Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to examine the Councils' joint Core Strategy has published her Report and has found the Plan sound.

The Core Strategy will now be taken to Christchurch Full Council meeting on the 22 April 2014, and to East Dorset Full Council meeting on the 28 April 2014 for formal adoption.

Adoption of the Core Strategy - advice to applicants

Following receipt of the Inspector's Report on the Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy that found the plan sound, the Councils intend to move toward adoption at the end of April.

The Councils have issued an  advice note to provide guidance to applicants for planning permission and their agents on how current and future planning applications will be determined in respect of Core Strategy policies.

The guidance applies from 14 March 2014, and also covers the adoption process and guidance on saved local plan policies which will remain in force after the adoption of the Core Strategy.

Contact details

For further information concerning the EiP previously dealt with by the Programme Officer, please now contact  Simon Trueick.

The Hearing Sessions

The Hearing Sessions commenced on Tuesday 10 September 2013 and lasted for three weeks.

The Hearings were held at the Christchurch Borough Council, Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ with the exception of the Hearing Session on Wednesday 11 September 2013 that was held in the Minster Hall, The Allendale Centre, Wimborne.

Main Modifications Consultation

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils ran a  Main Modifications consultation between 11 December 2013 and 22 January 2014.  It was in response to modifications the Inspector confirmed were required to make the Core Strategy a sound document.

6 September 2013 Notification from the Inspector

note from the inspector was received regarding the new suite of emerging National Planning Practice Guidance.


The following statements have been received:

Statements of Common Ground

A series of  Statements of Common Ground have been received (last updated 13 November 2013).

Position Statements

A series of position statements have been received.

Letters from respondents with Councils' replies

The Councils' Opening Statement

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils provided an  Opening Statement at the beginning of the hearing sessions.

Examination documents

The submission, core, supporting and further documents are available to view and download which were submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the inspection process. Please note that these documents were regularly added to throughout the examination period of the Core Strategy.

The Pre Hearing Meeting

The Inspector held the Pre Hearing Meeting on Tuesday 30 July 2013 at Christchurch Borough Council, Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ.

Inspector's Guidance Notes

The Inspector's Guidance Notes are available and provide information about the Examination of the Core Strategy.  They are intended to assist with the efficient running of the Examination.

Draft Matters and Issues

31 July 2013 the Inspector published her updated Draft Matters and Issues.

Further Information as requested by the Inspector

ID1 Further information requested by the Inspector

Further Examination Documents

Further Examination Documents

Notes from the Procedural Meeting held on 11 June 2013

ID2 Procedural meeting 11 June 2013

Correspondence to the Inspector from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

Letter from J Plumley - 12 June 2013

Documents Supplied to the Inspector by Respondents

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