Local Plan Review - Examination

Local Plan Review Examination & Updates

The review of the Maidstone Local Plan (adopted 25 October 2017) was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Thursday 31 March 2022.

Overview and submission - details of the submission of the Local Plan Review and information on the appointed Planning Inspector and Programme Officer


The review of the Maidstone Local Plan (adopted 25 October 2017) was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Thursday 31 March 2022.


Mr David Spencer BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI  from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent Examination of the Local Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan (para 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework July 2021) and whether it has been prepared in accordance with the legal and procedural requirements.  Plans are sound if they are:-

  • Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
  • Consistent with national policy - enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in this Framework and other statements of national planning policy, where relevant.

For further information on the Examination Process please use the links below to access the following documents:-

Planning Inspectorate’s Procedure Guidance for Local Plan Examinations (February 2022)):-


Planning Inspectorate’s short note for those taking part in examinations: (February 2022):-


Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination of the Local Plan.   She is an independent Officer of the examination working on behalf of the Inspectors organising and managing lhe administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.  The Programme Officer is the point of contact for any queries concerning the examination  and  Louise can be contacted by email at louise@poservices.co.uk or by telephone on 07789-486419.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted through the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Louise St John Howe

Programme Officer,

PO Services,

PO Box 10965,

Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 3BF

Telephone: 07789-486419

email: louise@poservices.co.uk

Latest news and updates - latest news and updates on the independent Examination of the Local Plan Review


This page will be updated as soon as the Inspector is appointed.

Examination documents - correspondence and documents from the Inspector, Council and Representors following submission of the Local Plan Review

Ref. NoDateDocument SourceDocument TitleDate Uploaded
ED122.4.22Programme OfficerNotification to Regulation 19 Representors of appointment of Inspector.28.4.22

Hearing sessions - a series of public hearings conducted by the Planning Inspector will take place during the examination of the Local Plan Review


Details of the hearing sessions will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Examination library (evidence base) and submission documents - full list of evidence base documents that support the Local Plan Review


The library of supporting documents for our plan can be found on our Local Plan Review Evidence Page.

View the evidence library here.

The Public Notice outlines where copies of key submission documents can be viewed.

Responses received at Regulation 19 (2021) - representations received as part of the Local Plan Review submission version publication period (Regulation 19/20)


The Council invited comments on the draft submission document and this opened at 9.00am on Friday 29 October 2021 and closed at 11.59pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.The Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan Review: Regulation 19 draft for submission document was accompanied by a consultation on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal.

Representations resulting from the Local Plan Review Regulation 19 were published on Friday 11th March 2022. All representations received have been uploaded and can be viewed here

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