Once a Local Plan has been prepared it must be submitted to the Secretary of State for public examination, which will be undertaken by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

The Planning Inspector will consider the comments that have been submitted on the draft Local Plan and will determine whether it has been properly prepared in line with National Policy and may hold public hearings into specific aspects of the Plan.   

The Inspector may suggest that the plan needs to be modified, subject to further public consultation.    

The Inspector’s conclusions will be set out in a public report, that the Council must comply with before the plan can be legally adopted.