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The Examination in Public of the New London Plan will be held in the Chamber at City Hall

Examination in Public for the draft New London Plan

The draft London Plan must be considered by a formal Examination in Public, or EiP.  This is led by independent inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State. This page provides details on the EiP for the draft new London Plan. Updates and news about the EiP can be found on the EiP News page.

The panel of inspectors

The Panel appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the EIP of the draft London Plan comprises Roisin Barrett, William Fieldhouse and David Smith. All three are Planning Inspectors and independent of the Mayor and Greater London Authority (“GLA”).

The role of the Panel is to determine the matters that affect the consideration of the London Plan (“matters”) and the persons who may take part in the EIP (“participants”), and to make a report in writing to the Mayor (as specified in the Town and Country Planning (London Spatial Development Strategy) Regulations 2000)

The Panel’s written report will set out its findings in relation to the EIP matters and may include recommendations relating to the content of the draft London Plan published in December 2017 or associated matters.  The Panel will take account of the written statements, the discussions at the EIP, and any changes to the draft Plan suggested by the Mayor.  However, the report will not respond to all representations made about the draft Plan.

The EiP secretariat

The Panel Secretary is Carmel Edwards and the Panel Assistant is Jinder Ubhi.

The Panel Secretary and Assistant are independent of the Mayor and GLA and are acting as officers under the direction of the Panel. They are responsible for recording and circulating all material, maintaining the EIP library and website, and organising the EIP sessions. They will act as a channel of communication between the Panel and all parties, including the Mayor, GLA officers and representors.

Any queries about the EIP should be raised with the Panel Secretary or Assistant who will provide guidance and advice, having liaised with the Panel and/or GLA if necessary.

Contacting the EiP Secretariat

Post should be addressed to:

EiP Secretariat
GLA
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London
SE1 2AA

The EiP Secretary, Ms Carmel Edwards, can be contacted at:
[email protected]
Tel: 020 7983 4291
Mob: 07825 592 508

The EiP Assistant, Miss Jinder Ubhi, can be contacted at
[email protected]
Tel: 020 7983 5893

The EiP library

The EiP Library including the draft new London Plan showing Minor Suggested Changes can be accessed here.

This page will be updated during the course of the EiP process.

The Examination in Public

Copies of all representations about the London Plan were submitted to the panel on 16 July 2018 along with a summary of the main issues raised. The Panel will have regard to these and consult with the Mayor before preparing a draft list of matters and participants that will be published for consultation not later than 12 weeks before the opening of the EIP. The Panel will consider any representations about the draft list of matters and participants made within 28 days, and consult the Mayor, before finalising the list of matters and participants. The final list will be published at least 6 weeks before the EiP opens.

Written statements may be made on the matters to be examined both by those invited to participate in the EIP and others. Statements must be received by the Panel Secretariat at least 3 weeks before the opening of the examination. No written material submitted after the deadline, including at the EIP sessions, will normally be accepted unless this has been specifically requested by the Panel.

The Panel may hold seminars relating to a limited number of technical matters prior to the first EIP sessions. The purpose of these would be to clarify the supporting evidence and establish matters of fact in order to reduce the scope of the matters that need to be considered at the EIP. Any such seminars would be held before the deadline for submission of written statements.

All EIP sessions will be open to the public to observe and are expected to be held in City Hall. They will take the form of structured discussions led by one or more of the Panel members relating to the defined matters. All participants will be expected to have read all the relevant statements and evidence. There will be no formal presentations or reading out of prepared statements (other than by the Mayor on the opening day). The Panel will adopt an inquisitorial approach, exploring each matter thoroughly. All participants will have the opportunity to speak, but all contributions most focus on the agenda set by the Panel.

The Panel's Report

The Panel’s written report will set out its findings in relation to the EIP matters and may include recommendations relating to the content of the draft London Plan published in December 2017 or associated matters. The Panel will take account of the written statements, the discussions at the EIP, and any changes to the draft Plan suggested by the Mayor. However, the report will not respond to all representations made about the draft Plan.

The Mayor may not publish the London Plan until after he has received the Panel report. The London Plan to be published by the Mayor may be in the form of the December 2017 draft or as modified to take account of the representations made about it, any direction by the Secretary of State, the Panel report, or any other material considerations. If the Mayor proposes not to accept any recommendation contained in the Panel report he must publish and send to the Secretary of State a statement of his reasons.