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Local Plan Submission Examination 2018

This examination concluded following receipt of the Inspector’s Report provided below (26th November 2018). The Newham Local Plan 2018 was adopted by a meeting of Full Council on Monday 10 December 2018 and can be viewed on the Local Plan​ page.​

The Inspector's Report​

​The Inspector's Report on the Examination of the revised Local Plan was received on 26 November 2018. The report and associated main modifications can be viewed below.

About the examination

The Local Plan Review was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 28 February 2018. 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 Local Plan, 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:
For the latest version of the Local Plan (for use during hearings) showing modifications proposed since submission, scroll to the end of this page.


Main documents

Supporting documents

Evidence Base

In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together forms the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents are listed below.

Engagement (ENG)

Successful Places (SP)

Jobs (J)


Sustainability and Climate Change (SCC)

Infrastructure (INF)

Viability (VIA)


The Inspector 

Planning Inspector; Mike Fox BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of London Borough of Newham’s Local Plan (the Plan).

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).  

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan 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)
  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 Plan at the Pre Submission Consultation stage 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 Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

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. 


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, Council 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 commence at 10am on Tuesday 19 June within room WG06 of London Borough of Newham's Dockside offices: 1000 Dockside Road, London, E16 2QU.

A Programme for the Hearing Sessions together with venue details and matters to be discussed​ are now available. 

Written Statements and Proposed Modifications 

Written Statements

The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspector’s Matters & Issues:

Matter 1

Matter 2

Matter 3

Matter 4

Matter 5

Matter 6

Matter 7

Matter 8

Matter 9

Matter 10

Matter 11

Matter 12

Statements of Common Ground

The Council have submitted the following Statements of Common Ground following dialogue with various parties:

Updated Proposed Modifications, Infrastructure Delivery Plan and evidence base

Spatial (S)

Successful Places (SP)

Jobs (J)


Sustainability and Climate Change (SCC)

Infrastructure (INF)
The latest schedule of proposed modifications (SD11) is available here following the Council’s consideration of the Inspector’s Matters and Issues.

A revised Infrastructure Delivery Plan​ has also been submitted alongside the Council’s written statements. ​​


Documents submitted during the Hearings

The following documents were submitted during the Hearing Sessions. The prefix indicates the matter to which the submission relates.
Following the examination hearings held in June 2018, a public consultation on the main and minor modifications to the plan proposed by the Council during the course of examination was held between 23 July and 16 September. Full details of that consultation are still available via the recent consultations archive page​.

The responses to the consultation are presented in full below and summarised along with the Council's comments where relevant. Any further amendments in light of representations received are detailed in a new schedule of modifications, which supplements that already published as part of the consultation.
These documents have been sent to the Planning Inspector via the Programme Officer (Ian Kemp).

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