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Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation DPD examination 2016 - 17

​Before becoming a fully adopted part of the Local Plan, all Development Plan Documents (DPDs) must be examined by an independent inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State.​​​

The Inspector's Report​

The Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation DPD was received on 28 June 2017 and can be viewed below.

The Inspector's Report (PDF)​
The council will now be following procedures to adopt the document into its Local Plan.

About the examination

The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation DPD (GTADPD) was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 22 September 2016. On this page you will find information on the Examination’s progress, as it becomes available. Submission documents including supporting evidence can be found below.

Once we have formally adopted the GTADPD, we will remove the examination page and publish the adopted document on the Local Plan page.

Submission Documents

The following main and supporting documents have been submitted:

Evidence Base


Main Documents


Supporting Documents

Post submission documents


Written statements

In response to the Inspector’s Issues and Questions the following written statements were received:
The Inspector considered the responses to the original issues and questions and the following supplementary queries have been raised:

In response to the Inspector's further Issues and Questions, we have submitted the following written statement:


The Inspector

Planning Inspector; Mr Richard McCoy BSc Msc DipTP MRTPI IHBC has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Development Plan Document (the DPD).
The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted DPD, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the DPD is: 1 – positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence); 3 – effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and 4 – consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the DPD as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.
Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Authority with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the DPD, if such a request is made by the Authority.
Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

Procedural correspondence

Occasionally it will be necessary for the inspector to write to Newham council to oofer procedural direction or to seek clarification. Correspondence between the inspector and LBN is exchanged through the programme officer. For transparency and information piposes the procedural correspondence is published online:

PC1 Inspector letter to LBN regarding main modifications


The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Local Authority and Representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions will take place on the 18 and 19 of January 2017 within room WG06 of London Borough of Newham’s Dockside Offices, 1000 Dockside Road, London E16 2QU.
A Draft Programme for the Hearing Sessions together with matters and issues to be discussed are available here.

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the DPD the Authority both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through documents listed above.

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