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Examination of the Local Plan


Following the period when representations were invited on the soundness of the Pre- Submission version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19), our Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent Examination on 1 November 2021.

Representations received to the Pre-Submission (Regulation 19) Consultation have also been submitted to the Secretary of State along with a suite of evidence base documents and documents relating to tests of compliance. These documents are on our Core Documents page.

The Inspector

Matthew Birkinshaw BA(Hons) Msc MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the Planning Inspector for the examination of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan 2020 - 2038.

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan. The Inspector will also consider whether the Local Plan meets the requisite legal and procedural requirements. In order to do so, the Inspector will assess the Local Plan, the evidence base on which it was created, as well as all of the representations submitted during the public consultations.

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer undertakes the administration of the examination under the direction of the Planning Inspector and all communications are handled by the Programme Officer.

The Programme Officer is Charlotte Glancy.

Contact details

Postal address

Programme Officer
C/O Banks Solutions
80 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1DD

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and guidance from government, the Planning Inspectorate has published guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events.

You can view the guidance on the GOV.UK website.