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13. Cranbrook Plan Examination

Latest News

Post submission document (PSD) 23B has been withdrawn from the examination and replaced with 23D. A letter explaining the change has been provided as PSD 23C. The change replaces a redundant version of the viability appraisal toolkit for custom and self-build units with the correct version. The viability appraisals are not affected by this change.

The hearing sessions are due to resume at 10am on Monday 16th November 2020 and will take place virtually via Zoom. A draft Programme for the Stage 2 sessions is now available.

Key Dates

Wednesday 8 January 2020: Representors to inform Programme Officer of any requests to participate in the hearing discussions

Wednesday 8 January 2020: Deadline for submission of further statements

Tuesday 21 January 2020: Hearings commence

Friday 25 September 2020: Stage 2 Participation Requests Deadline

Wednesday 30 September 2020: Stage 2 Statement Deadline

Monday 16 November 2020: Stage 2 Hearings commence

The Inspector

Planning Inspector Janet Wilson BA (Hons) BTP MRTPI DMS has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Cranbrook Plan (the Plan).

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:

1 – positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);

2 - justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);

3 – effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground);

4 – consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Submission Plan 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.

At the end 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 (Stage 1) and (Stage 2) 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 elements of the Examination process.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact Details:

Ian Kemp
Programme Officer
PO Box 241

Mobile: 0772 300 9166



Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Stage 1 Hearing Sessions commenced at 10.00am on Tuesday 21 January 2020 within the Council Offices, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heath Park Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.


Stage 1 Hearings Programme


Stage 2 Hearings will take place virtually through Zoom. A draft Programme for Stage 2 is now available.


Matters, Issues and Questions for Stage 1 and Stage 2 have been produced by the Inspector. The issues and questions provide a broad structure for the hearing discussions.


Evidence Base Documents


In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination.  These documents can be accessed through the link below:

Evidence Base Documents


Post Submission Documents

Occasionally, it will be necessary for the Inspector to write to us to offer procedural direction or to seek clarification, and also for the Council to write to the Inspector.

Correspondence between the Inspector and ourselves is exchanged through the Programme Officer. For transparency and information purposes procedural correspondence is published below:

PSD1 - EDC - Section 20(7c) Modifications Letter
PSD2 - Application Summary November 2019
PSD2 - Appendix B1 - 15-0045 Parameters Plan
PSD2 - Appendix B2 - 19-0554 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix B3 - 19-0620 Parameters Plan
PSD2 - Appendix C1 - 14-2945 Site Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix C2 - 14-2945 Layout Plan
PSD2 - Appendix C3 - 15-0047 Parameters Plan
PSD2 - Appendix C4 - 19-1430 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix T1 - 15-0046 Parameters Plan
PSD2 - Appendix T2 - 17-1482 Parameters Plan
PSD2 - Appendix T3 - 17-1483 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix T4 - 17-1483 Layout Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W1 - 12-0754 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W2 - 12-0754 Layout Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W3 - 14-0300 Layout Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W4 - 14-0300 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W5 - 16-1826 Location Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W6 - 16-1826 Layout Plan
PSD2 - Appendix W7 - 18-2588 Location Plan
PSD3 - Clarification Questions from the Inspector to EDC
PSD4 - EDDC response to PSD3
PSD5 - Adopted East Devon Local Plan
PSD6 - Report of Examination into the East Devon Local Plan
PSD7 – Schedule of Modifications
PSD8 - Viability Statement of Common Ground
PSD9 - IDP costs schedule Rev 3 050220
PSD10 - IDP equalisation Rev 3 050220
PSD11 - IDP Row 30 Evidence
PSD12 - IDP - Open Space details
PSD13 - DCC Information 5.2.20 for Cranbrook Infrastructure Delivery Plan
PSD14 - Inspector's Statement on Viability Session
PSD15 - Cranbrook Viability Counsel's Note
PSD16 - Inspector's Letter to Council on Viability
PSD17 - EDDC Letter to Inspector re Progress Update
PSD18 - Inspector's Response to PSD17
PSD19 - Council's Letter to Viability Participants
PSD20 - Covering letter from the Council (27/7/20)
PSD21A - Cranbrook Updated Viability Report
PSD21B - East Devon Cranbrook Updated Viability Appendices
PSD22 - Land budget Technical Notes
PSD23A - DAT Cranbrook 4000 dwellings (Excel appraisal tool)
PSD23B - DAT Cranbrook 170 dwellings (Excel appraisal tool)
PSD24 - Infrastructure Delivery Plan July 2020
PSD25 - Response to matters raised by the Inspector
PSD26 - Devon County Council revised public transport request
PSD27 - Gypsy and Traveller Cranbrook Paper including SA
PSD28 - Stage 2 Questions
PSD29 - Stage 2 Guidance Notes
PSD 30 - The HCA Area Wide Viability Model: Annex 1 - Transparent Viability Assumptions