New PAS Advice: Local Plan Reg. 22 Consultation Statement

New PAS Advice: Local Plan Reg. 22 Consultation Statement

Thursday 9th April 2020

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) has published a new advice note on Regulation 22(1)(c)(v) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. This requires the production of a Statement of Main Issues, following consultation on the Regulation 19 published Local Plan (prior to submission), to show the number of representations received and the summary of the main issues raised.

In addition to meeting the regulatory requirements, it is often not appreciated that one of the practical opportunities provided by the Statement is that it allows the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to introduce to the Inspector(s) those key issues which are likely to be prominent in the local plan examination, and to critically set out the LPA's views on the issues.

IPe has worked with PAS on the production of this advice note, bringing to bear our experience as former planning Inspectors, having examined hundreds of local plans. Other key inputs included those of the Planning Inspectorate and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The note is designed to ensure a focussed and proportionate statement that will fulfil the following aims:

  • to meet the regulatory requirement;
  • to demonstrate how the Plan has been shaped by early, proportionate and effective engagement; and
  • to assist in ensuring a transparent and expeditious examination through the identification of main issues affecting the soundness of the Plan and the plan making authority's response.

A template is provided to assist in creating a suitable submission statement.

The new advice note and Regulation 22 template can be viewed HERE

IPe has also been working with PAS to produce advice for local authorities on producing proportionate evidence bases to support their local plans. You can read more HERE