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Examination Information

Information on the Examination in Public for the Castle Point Local Plan will be published on this page. It will be updated as new information emerges and you are therefore recommended to visit regularly to keep up to date with the progress of the Local Plan.

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Examination Documents

All correspondence in relation to the Local Plan examination can be viewed on Local Plan Examination Correspondence

All submission documents and documents requested by the Inspector during the examination can be found on Local Plan Submission

Hearing statements can be found on Hearing Statements



The Inspector examining the emerging Local Plan has issued the post-hearings letter. This was received on the 29th September 2021. The letter can be found via - INSP/06 - Post Hearings Letter


Privacy Notices

The Council's privacy notice can be accessed via the following link -  Castle Point Privacy Notice [pdf] 93KB

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) privacy notice can be accessed via the following link - PINS Privacy Notice

A Data Sharing Agreement between the Council and PINS can be accessed via the following link -  Local Plan Data Sharing Agreement [pdf] 277KB

Guidance for the online hearing sessions can be accessed via the following link -  Virtual Events Guidance [pdf] 72KB


Inspector Led Consultation

The Inspector initiated a consultation on the 9th August seeking views on the update to the National Planning Policy Framework, and on additional materials submitted by the Council and others at the request of the Inspector since the examination hearing sessions opened on the 11th May. View a copy of the letter sent to those invited to participate in the consultation – Inspector Led Consultation Letter.

Subsequent to the Inspector issuing the above letter, two additional documents provided by the Environment Agency at the request of the Inspector were also made available for comment:

EXM-056 – Environment Agency Note Flood Risk Requirements [pdf] 185KB   – New – added 16/8/2021

EXM-057 – Environment Agency Note Flood Risk Permits [pdf] 120KB  – New – added 16/8/2021

Comments submitted to this consultation have been made available to view online via - EXM-058 - All Responses to the Inspector Led Consultation August 2021

The Inspector provided the Council a brief opportunity to review and comment on comments received. The Council provided a response to the Inspector which is available to view via - CPBC/05 - Council Response to Comments Received in the Inspector Led Consultation


Matters Issues and Questions (MIQs) and Online Hearings

The examination hearing sessions will be held virtually using 'Microsoft Teams' and will commence on Tuesday 11 May 2021, a draft hearing programme is found below. If you have any queries with regard to the draft programme please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Officer. The Inspector has prepared the following documents in advance of the examination hearing sessions.

Draft Hearings Programme June 2021 v10.pdf [pdf] 141KB  - Updated schedule for remaining hearing sessions - added 24/6/21

Hearing Agenda Day 1 - 11 May 0930 - Matter 1.pdf [pdf] 84KB

Hearing Agenda Day 1 - 11 May 1400 - Matter 2.pdf [pdf] 71KB

Hearing Agenda Day 2 - 12 May 0930 - Matter 3.pdf [pdf] 114KB

Hearing Agenda Days 2 and 3 - 12 May 1400 and 13 May 0930 - Matter 4.pdf [pdf] 104KB

Hearing Agenda Day 4 - 25 May 0930 - Matter 5.pdf [pdf] 92KB

Hearing Agenda Day 5 - 26 May 0930 - Matter 5.pdf [pdf] 108KB

Hearing Agenda Day 6 - 27 May 0930 - Matter 5.pdf [pdf] 96KB

Hearing Agenda Days 7, 8 and 9 - 22 - 25 June - Matter 7.pdf [pdf] 134KB 

Hearing Agenda Day 10 - 29 June - Matters 5 and 7.pdf [pdf] 110KB - New - Added 29/6/21

Inspectors Clarification on Initial Matters Issues and Questions - MIQs 22.03.21 [pdf] 496KB

Inspectors Initial Matters Issues and Questions - MIQs February 2021 [pdf] 247KB

Inspectors Guidance Note February 2021 [pdf] 123KB

Regulation 24 Statement February 2021 [pdf] 111KB



In accordance with regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (As Amended) Castle Point Borough Council submitted the New Castle Point Local Plan 2018-2033 to the Secretary of State on 2 October 2020 for examination.

Information on the local plan examination process and the role of the Planning Inspectorate can be found here - 

Procedural guidance for the local plan examination can be found here -


The Inspector

Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the Planning Inspector for the examination of the New Castle Point Local Plan 2018-2033.

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan. The Inspector will also consider whether the Local Plan meets the requisite legal and procedural requirements. In order to do so, the Inspector will assess the Local Plan, the evidence base on which it was created, as well as all of the representations submitted during the public consultations.


The Programme Officer

We have appointed a Programme Officer, an independent officer who will organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination.

Our Programme Officer is Andrea Copsey.  

For any queries about the Local Plan Examination, you can contact Andrea as follows:

By email:

In writing: Examination Office, PO Box 12607, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 9GN

By phone: 07842 643988