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In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our  Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

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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.

Examination correspondence can be found on Local Plan Examination Correspondence


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


Examination Documents

All documents submitted by the Council for the Local Plan examination can be viewed here: Local Plan Submission

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