The Council has now submitted the draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate to be examined by an independent Inspector. Copies of evidence base reports and representations have also been submitted to the Inspectorate.

Copies of the documents submitted to the Inspectorate are available on the Council’s Planning Policy web-pages. Comments on the Local Plan Publication Draft can also be viewed at, by clicking the “Who Said What?” button.

From this point, the timetable of the Examination will be determined by the Inspector. The Council has appointed a Programme Officer, Angela Furlong, who will be managing the administration of the Examination on behalf of the Inspector. Any correspondence regarding the Examination should be directed to the Programme Officer at the Local Plan Programme Office at the Council Offices at Military Road, Canterbury CT1 1YW or via e-mail to

It is anticipated that the Inspector will begin the Examination of the draft Plan in 2014, but that any public hearings will not take place until 2015. Details will be provided by the Programme Officer in due course.