New Local Plan Examination

All updates about the Local Plan Examination process, timetable and other relevant information will be made available.

Key information for the Local Plan Examination

Matthew Birkinshaw BA(Hons) Msc MRTPI and Steven Lee BA(Hons) MA MRTPI have been appointed to conduct the examination.

Latest News - February 2022

On 22 February 2022 the Council resolved to adopt the Hambleton Local Plan. The adoption documents are available:

Inspectors Report

On 19 January 2022 the Inspectors’ issued their report on the Examination of the Hambleton Local Plan.  The report concluded that with the recommended modifications set out in the accompanying Appendix the Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Act and meets the criteria for soundness in the Framework.  The plan is therefore capable of being adopted.

Modifications consultation

Following the Local Plan Hearing Sessions in November 2020, the Planning Inspectors  identified various amendments that they consider necessary to ensure the Plan is 'sound'. These are known as 'Main Modifications'. The Council prepared a schedule setting out the proposed main modifications to the local plan and policies map, which are necessary to make the plan sound. These modifications were consulted on between 28 September – Tuesday 9 November 2021. The consultation has now closed. All representations received in relation to this consultation can be found here.

Update on Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment

Hambleton Council has received a letter from the Planning Inspectors regarding the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)  (examination document L016) and the associated Pitch Deliverability Assessment (examination document L017).  The main purpose of this letter is to assist in identifying possible ways forward with the examination when responding to the evidence set out in document L016 and L017. This letter can be viewed here:

The Council have issued a formal response to this letter, which can be found here:

The Local Plan examination hearing sessions have been carried out virtually. If you require further details, please contact the Programme Officer on 07568 610925 or email

Please see below the Inspector’s Matters and Issues and Questions (MIQs) for Examination, along with the Examination Hearing Programme and Guidance note. In response to the MIQs, the Council’s Statements and Representors’ additional Statements can be viewed in the examination library, which can be found here under "Hearing Statements".


Documents for Main Modifications can be found here:

The documents submitted for the examination can be found here:

Post-submission Examinaton Documents can be found here:

Local Plan Privacy Notice

This page explains how the information we collect about you in the local plan examination process is used and your rights in relation to that information.

Hambleton Councils corporate Privacy notice sets out what to expect when Hambleton Council collects personal information and your rights in relation to that information.

Any Representations received in relation to the Local Plan  will be sent to the Planning Inspector. The Planning Inspectorate privacy notice provides advice about how the Planning Inspectorate will process any personal information. It is very important that you read and consider these notices carefully because they explain how your personal information will be used and stored.

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