Our Local Plan has now been submitted for examination. Hearing sessions can be viewed online here.

Local Plan Examination

Our Local Plan was submitted for examination on 15 May 2017 and Melvyn Middleton BA(Econ) DipTP DipMgmt MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan (2013-2032). His task will be to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).

Our plan should be:

  • Positively prepared: it should be based on a strategy that looks at meeting objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes; where reasonable to do so; those unmet by our neighbours. It should also be consistent with achieving sustainable development

  • Justified: it should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence

  • Effective: it should be deliverable and based on effective joint working with partners and neighbours; and

  • Consistent with national policy: it should enable the delivery of sustainable development set out by national policy 

Stage 1 of the  hearing sessions of the Examination in Public (EIP) of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan, dealing with Legal Soundness and Duty to Co-operate,  took place on 21 and 22 September.

The Stage 2 hearing sessions of the EIP were completed on 26 October 2017. The Inspector set up a meeting with the Council, which was held in the Council Chamber on Friday 27 October, to discuss the next steps in the EIP of the Local Plan. 

View the Hearing Sessions

The Stage 4 Hearing Sessions will run for four days and will commence at 10.00 am on Tuesday 26 June 2018.  

Venue:  The Council Chamber, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL6 6AE.  

Please see our Hearing Sessions page for details of all Hearing Sessions.


Latest News and Updates

Examination Documents

Examination Library (evidence base)

Submission Documents

Stage 1 Hearing Sessions

Stage 2 Hearing Sessions

Joint Session - Birchall Garden Suburb

Stage 3 Hearing Sessions

Stage 4 Hearing Sessions

Stage 5 Hearing Sessions

Regulation 19 Representations


Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer.

She is an independent officer of the examination and works on the inspectors behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.

Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the inspector should be sent to:

Louise St John Howe
Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

You can also contact her by emailing louise@poservices.co.uk or calling 07789 486419



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