MAY UPDATES: We are continuing to appoint examiners to neighbourhood plans and currently have good availability. In line with the practice of the Planning Inspectorate, we are now recommencing unaccompanied site visits from 13 May 2020, providing the examiner can conduct the visit safely under current physical distancing guidance.
- Rusper Neighbourhood Plan (Horsham) pending submission (Examiner: David Hogger).
- Thurleigh Neighbourhood Plan (Bedford) pending submission (Examiner: Wendy Burden).
- Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan (Torridge) pending submission (Examiner: Andrew Mead).
- Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Plan (East Devon) pending submission (Examiner: Jill Kingaby).
- Shavington Neighbourhood Plan (Cheshire East) pending submission (Examiner: Patrick Whitehead).
- Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan (Dorset) examination in progress (Examiner: David Hogger).
- Lenham Neighbourhood Plan (Maidstone) examination in progress (Examiner: Derek Stebbing).
- West Finchley Neighbourhood Plan (Barnet) examination in progress (Examiner: Jill Kingaby).
- Eaton Neighbourhood Plan (Cheshire East) examination in progress (Examiner: Andrew Freeman).
- Bromham Neighbourhood Plan (Bedford) examination in progress (Examiner: Wendy Burden).
- Queen Camel Neighbourhood Plan (South Somerset) examination in progress (Examiner: Mary O'Rourke).
- Warfield Neighbourhood Plan (Bracknell Forest) examination in progress (Examiner: Jill Kingaby).
- Several local authorities have now put in place formal contracts with IPe to provide examiners for all their neighbourhood plans.
- For more updates please see the 'Recent Examinations' section below.
A Proportionate Approach
We fundamentally understand that the assessment of the basic conditions of a neighbourhood plan is set in a wholly different context to assessing the soundness of a local plan. It is absolutely essential that your examiner recognises that the bar for meeting the 'basic conditions', and certain other legal matters, is quite different to the rigour of meeting the local plan soundness requirements. Similarly there is no role for other material considerations.
Experienced Examiners with full Office Team Support
Unlike local plans, the appointment of the examiner is made by the local planning authority in agreement with the qualifying body. You will need to be satisfied that your chosen examiner is independent and has appropriate experience and qualifications. The examiner must also have no interest in any land that may be affected by the proposed plan.
You may have full confidence that our RTPI member Neighbourhood Plan examiners are properly assessed for each appointment to meet these requirements.
IPe examiners are fully supported by an office team who are conversant with the Neighbourhood Planning system and will manage the efficient flow of communications and documents throughout the examination.